Every so often I take a few minutes to Google a few phrases from my articles. It’s not a very efficient way to look for copyright infringement, but it’s better than nothing. A few days ago I searched for “Six cases of people fainting in the presence” to see if my Obama satire had been picked up by any feeds or blogs. Behold, it had not only been picked up, it had been lifted wholesale.
Some self-appointed prophet who was running a blog about Obama being the anti-Christ, had ripped off the first three quarters of the article for their uber-psycho blog. They didn’t even bother correcting my typos either. (Hint: If you’re going to steal articles with typos, at least have the decency to correct my fat fingers.)
I left comments for the plagiarist to remove the offending text. No response. I left scriptures about how thieves should be treated. No response. I left an official DMCA cease and desist. No response. I then pulled out my English to legalese translator and crafted a detailed message, including dates, URLs, and the magic “under penalty of perjury” statement and submitted my offering to the WordPress gods.
The results can be seen here. The lesson learned is, don’t steal from me butthead. I don’t like it and I will hunt you down a shove a kipper up your bum.