Ideas. Research. Research. Words. Edit. Revise. Edit. More research. Revise. Edit…
Writing takes a lot of work. The kind of work that many people don’t want to do, but are forced to anyway. Some people push through it and learn, but some people steal ideas from the works of others. WikiPedia‘s definition of Blog Scraping is as follows: copying a blog that is not owned by the individual initiating the scraping process.
When I was in high school I made a habit to cite every idea I used from others (Thank you Mrs. Biziewski). But in this process of habituating, I went through enough trials and temptations to understand how enticing it is to not cite someone else’s ideas. In the end though, there will always be a reason to take the easy way out but just because it’s easier doesn’t mean it’s right or that it won’t get you in trouble later.
For this reason, if I were working for a Public Relations organization and I had discovered that someone had scraped content from my own organization’s blog I would do everything I could to make the ‘”swiper’s” deeds right.
According to “The Definitive Guide to Blog Content Scraping”, there are a number of ways to deal with blog scrapers. One being to do absolutely nothing at all and spend one’s time in more productive efforts: “instead of going to war with the scrapers, you could spend that time doing something enjoyable, productive, and ultimately more valuable for the long-term success of your site.”
I would, however, approach the situation in a proactive and assertive manner. I would contact the blog owner that the scraper is writing under with a letter that requests that my organization receive the credit where it is due, and if the “swiper” refused, I would assert that I would take second party assistance until credit was given or get the swiper’s blog shut down.
Other steps I would take to make sure that scraping didn’t happen again include obtaining a copyright license for all information my organization posts as well as pinging search engines to ensure that my organization’s content gets indexed first.
For more information about blog scrapers and advice on how to deal with them, visit The Definitive Guide to Blog Content Scraping.