I’ve Been Cloned


I fol­low the stats of my web­site.  It helps me track the growth of my pres­ence online, helps me learn which posts are most pop­u­lar and where my read­ers go after they are fin­ished with me.  Based on the infor­ma­tion that I’ve gath­ered as of late, my most pop­u­lar post isn’t one that I wrote myself, but rather one that Aliette de Bodard was gra­cious enough to guest-pen called Aliette de Bodard On World­build­ing, Patch­work and Fil­ing off Ser­i­al Num­bers.  Thank you Aliette.

Some­times I fol­low the refer­rer links to see where my read­ers were before click­ing to my site.  Recent­ly when I did this I found myself look­ing at me…my face.  My name.  My tagline and com­mis­sioned logo.  My cur­ricu­lum vitae.  And many of my posts.  I found myself look­ing at a recre­ation of my blog on anoth­er web­site.


Sam UL via Comp­fight

 I don’t know what to call this.  Whole sale theft?  Com­plete con­tent curat­ing?  Bor­row­ing?  The high­est form of flat­tery?  Stalk­ing?  What­ev­er it is, I don’t like it.  You can see it here.

I didn’t autho­rize this.  I’ve nev­er received a mes­sage, an email, or a call from any­one ask­ing if they could dupli­cate my con­tent.  I just don’t know why any­one would pre­sume to do this.

Unfor­tu­nate­ly I don’t have any tech savvy friends who can help me sort this out so I am pret­ty stuck as to what I can do.  Has this ever hap­pened to you?  I sent an email to Publici.com ask­ing that they remove my con­tent and I am still await­ing a response.

The only good thing about this is that my con­tent is being attrib­uted to me and there are links that lead back to my site.  But why click over to my site if all of my con­tent is already on Publici.com?  The worst thing is that there is at least one com­ment over there that I prob­a­bly nev­er would have allowed to remain had it been on my site.  The com­menter said some pret­ty vul­gar things and sounds like a troll.  While I wel­come dis­cus­sions with peo­ple who may have a dif­fer­ing opin­ion, I would nev­er allow a com­ment that had pro­fan­i­ty.  That is just not what I am about.  Also, I don’t know Publici.com or what they stand for and I oppose appear­ing to align myself with a site that may poten­tial­ly func­tion in oppo­si­tion to my own beliefs and val­ues.  This is impor­tant to me.

I guess I’ll just wait to see if they ever respond to my email.  I’ll give it a week and then I guess I’ll have to decide what to do next.

What would you do?