A visit to Technorati took me by surprise today morning: In Blog Reactions, there was this MySpace blog from someone named Michael, who had posted a poem from my blog in his, without any acknowledgement of me, the author.
There was no comment on my poem post, no acknowledgement on his blog, just a simple copy & paste. I wonder how Technorati classifies his post as a “Blog Reaction”, since there is no link or trackback or anything from his post to my blog.
I read Lorelle’s excellent guide to “What to do when someone steals your content?“, and Step No. 1 is to contact the thief.
Now, how do I contact this person? MySpace doesn’t let me send a message, or leave a comment on the plagiarized content, unless I sign up with their site first! Now, I am not at all interested in signing up with MySpace, so how do I contact and warn the thief on MySpace? I am sending him a trackback with this post as a last resort – I don’t know if MySpace blogs support trackbacks.
Here’s my original poem, Unfinished Symphony, posted on 20th April 2007.
Here’s Michael’s plagiarized post, on 14th May 2007.
Has this happened to you before? Any ideas, please let me know. Thanks!
May 31 Update: The stolen content has been removed by MySpace. See my updated post.