Friday, February 3, 2012

Copyright Infringement

I have just found one of my poems posted to a blog called Bluebell Books without my permission. I also found the names of several other poets there whose work I believe may have been used without permission. These poems are drawn from G-Man's Flash 55 entries. I have logged a protest at the site and a request to remove the poem. We'll see if that is enough, and the blog owner will comply. For others interested, I am willing to share my poetry but I must approve your use of it in writing, so please email me at my profile link should you ever desire to do so. Bluebell Books is in violation of US copyright laws, particularly as they intend to publish a book of these poems.That will leave them open to criminal prosecution.  I strongly advise people to be leery of this site.

UPDATE: As of 11:14 am February 3, the poem and my comment protesting infringement have both been pulled. I have still received no personal communication from this site, neither of apology or an original request to publish my work, despite my email being on public record. I would like to restate that I will report any copyright infringement from this site  or its sister sites in future to blogger, and hope this never happens again. Thanks,everyone, for your support.



34 comments:

  1. amen...yet another blatant violation, particularly by the owner of that site who at times seems to act as if they are above the law. hey i aint got much but will toss in monetary assistance for the prosecution. smiles.

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  2. I am so mad right now my teeth are grinding.

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  3. You've got to be kidding! Thanks for the heads-up, Hedge!

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    1. You somehow escaped, MZ--be relieved! but several other Toads are there.

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  4. Whoa, cool! You, my friend, have arrived: somebody thought enough of your poems to steal them. That's high praise indeed. Don't be mad, be flattered!

    There are plenty of legal recourses you can take, but a possibly equally effective alternative would be to round up a posse of angry poets and get them to send some love-letters to the infringer. Since these are the same people who are most likely to buy the site's products, this could be surprisingly effective.

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    1. Thanks Petteri--I'm normally happy to see my work shared, but if you could see the site in all its sleazy glory, you would know why I'm not flattered! ;-) Thanks for the suggestion, and I am intending to do just that, but want to give the blog owner 24 hours to comply with my request to pull the poem. She will also be reported to blogger for copyright abuse.

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    2. Yep, I checked. It's seedy all right, a typical "scraper" site. The seamy side of the blogosphere. The good news is that they're mostly pretty toothless; they rarely make any money to speak of, or have much of a readership. Most are also pretty shortlived. That one's going to last only as long as nobody files a DMCA takedown notice with Google/Blogger.

      Even so, plagiarism is the sincerest form of flattery.

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    3. Walp, that didn't take long. They seem to have nuked your comment too, but it's still visible in the feed to the right. Heh.

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    4. Yeah, and it's all over Facebook and twitter, too. Social media FTW. ;-)

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  5. Unbelievable. What brass. I would be livid.

    My favorite part is where she grants herself permission in the comments, under several of her fake names. Like it's hard to tell!

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    1. No kidding--what are they all, Jingle, Bluebell Books, Taylor something, Snowflakes, Orange Tree...you know there's something wrong when a blogger has to have that many aliases.

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    2. Don't forget "Morning" and "Mountains & Beaches". *shakes head*

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  6. Bloody hell...you hear of people getting lured in by scams, of people yanking pieces of books and slapping them up on Smashwords, but lord, to see your own poetic works yanked by the seedy end of the blogosphere--infuriating. Rip them a new one. They've certainly made it easy enough.

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    1. Thanks, Chris. She has 24 hours to pull the poem.

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    2. Good to hear. Also, you should consider reporting her to some of the various writing watchdog groups...I'm not sure if something like what Jingle's running is exactly their specific area but an example of what I mean are the good people at "Writer Beware!" People with an ear to the ground for scams and thieves and the like, that are more then willing to report them and get their name out there to the greater writing community at large.

      Stuff like this: utterly unacceptable.

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    3. Thanks for the tip, Chris. If there's any further incidence I'll bear it in mind.

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  7. Wow, that is SO not cool. Thanks for letting us know.

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  8. glad it's down but this whole thing is unbelievable! i'm behind you too, as Brian said. YUCK.

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  9. Thank you for getting the word out! Going to check it out now.

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  10. Hey lady, thank you so much for the heads up on my blog!! I just visited the site, and as you stated, all of our stuff is down. I am ticked, too, and left a comment which I'm certain shall not get posted, nor replied too. It is so wrong on so many levels. I get stuff all the time from the many 'aliases" and I never reply nor participate, i.e. NO, I"m not playing. period.
    I'd love to see what you wrote, for some guy said for you to "chill". He obviously doesn't understand blog etiquete or CC violations...oy!

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    1. I pretty much just stated the facts and asked them to pull the post--if that was offensive, tough beans. AFA the commenter, he may not feel it's a big deal, but I do, and perhaps if it was his work getting lifted without even being asked, he might be a little more upset. The person who should really be upset is G-man, because she built that whole thing around his meme and used his name. Just because you link or attribute, doesn't mean you shouldn't follow simple courtesies and ask people first before filching their materials and ideas for your own promotion.

      But I'm so over it. ;-)

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    2. Rock on, so agree... and agree with others who feel that these sites are not on the level. Jeesh, you'd think we wouldn't have to deal with these games outside of politics...lol! Have a fabulous weekend, HW ~

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  11. Bluebell is one those websites that seem a bit shady. I've been spammed in my email inbox by this website and I've never taken part in any of their link-ups and prompts.

    Bluebell, Thursday Rally, Jingle, Gooseberry or whatever -- I've stopped having anything to do with these websites because of their habit of spamming my inbox. I won an award for Thursday Rally a week or two ago according to a rather impersonal email from the rally organiser and I didn't even take part in it. lol! I was too busy and didn't investigate, just forgot about it. Maybe something like this was happening.

    Thanks for the heads-up, Hedgewitch.

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  12. Hi Joy,

    Of course, you're right. Crazy! I mentioned I found one of my elephant drawings used as a prompt once. I didn't protest because I was just sort of flabbergasted, I guess, and also kind of amazed. This particular piracy though (the 55) was especially egregious because of the G-man!

    K.

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    1. Exactly. He puts a lot of work into that meme, and it's not right to just walk in and lift the whole thing to promote a clone of it.

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  13. thank you for this info, I am so naive when it comes to stuff like this, I just assume that my writing would never be infringed, I am delinking them now

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  14. Good for you. I keep getting my email spammed by these people, but have never replied. Next time I see an email from them I will send it to Spam Mail so they will be ferreted out in the future. I followed your link and must say that the site is really trashy-looking. What a shame that we need to worry about...even think about these kinds of sites. Thank you for being so alert, hedge.

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    1. Yes, all those sites' email--Bluebell, Gooseberry Garden, Purple Treehouse, Poetry Picnic, etc, go straight to my spam folder. All run by the same blogger--you can tell by the almost illiterate grasp of English in the writing style. ONE of them is too much, let alone all the clones. ;-)

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  15. Interesting - in a worrying sort of way - thanks for the warning.

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  16. I am sorry, and know this is upsetting. I hope it gets cleared up.

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    1. It's been cleared up, Annell--just have left this up to spread the word a bit about the issue.

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  17. That sound you hear is of the scales falling from my eyes. Wow. I am so sorry this happened to you (and to the others also), especially...well...glad you resolved it, but upset that you had to (if that makes sense). Troublesome, to say the least. Thanks for your courage.

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  18. I just checked a site yesterday, Gooseberry I believe..and they had my "Seasons Change"...with my name, but I don't remember at all posting it there....

    Damn it. This ISN"T flattery. It's thievery.

    I will log a protest and demand it be removed. It's used as a prompt on the site, too. Not funny.

    I wondered why all these sites: Gooseberry, Bluebell, Jingle all had the same colored text/fonts....yet they seemed (???) to be different sites??

    A few years ago, a short story of mine (vampire erotica...the one and only time I attempted THAT) was stolen and placed on a site in the UK. It took the lawyers of ERWA just a few days to get their attention and to have them removed...no apology, but damn....I am sorry that this has happened to others.

    Lady Nyo

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