Been Caught Stealing

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We’ve been planning on revamping the flyte site and other marketing materials for a while now, and I’m really trying to get it all done by May when we turn 10. I’ve been looking at our home page for a while now, and trying to decide if I should rewrite it.

While I was mulling it over, I decided to see if anyone was "borrowing" from it. Turns out there were two culprits that Copyscape turned up.

Exact1homepage
The first one is Exact One Media at http://www.exact1media.com. (No link love, sorry.)

According to the whois tool over at Domain Tools, this site is run by a Robert Rambin of 10761 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601 who can be reached at aexact1@yahoo.com.

Their blurb on their home page is stunningly like the one we’ve had up for the past few years. Since Copyscape didn’t show me them before, I think they’ve only recently started stealing from us.

Here’s a close up of their blurb:

Exact1blurb

Webcreators
The other company is Web World Creators, although perhaps they should be called Web World Recyclers. They can be found at http://www.webworldcreators.net/

According to Domain Tools, this company is run by Ron Broderick (ronb@ronb.com) out of 12465 Barnard Way, West Friendship, Maryland 21794. Hey, Ron, you’re not being too friendly! If you want to borrow tools from my shed, you should ask first!

WWC claims they deliver:

ongoing support, regular updates, reliable hosting and sound advice…because you don’t need a Web site…you need to grow your business.

which is taken nearly verbatim from our home page.

Hmmm…maybe I should thank these two companies. After all, they’ve showed me that our copy may still hold up after all these years.

Rich Brooks
Steal This Tagline

  • http://www.hurleysolutions.com/about.aspx Josh Hurley

    Rich:

    I love the fact that you put their email addresses in your blog so the spammers can easily find them!

    Best,

    Josh.

  • http://www.hurleysolutions.com/about.aspx Josh Hurley

    Rich:

    I love the fact that you put their email addresses in your blog so the spammers can easily find them!

    Best,

    Josh.

  • http://www.activestudios.com Aubrey Alexander

    I know what you mean. What I hate are the spambots that crawl by and duplicate the content of your site all over various ad sites. That's stealing where I can’t even tell that anything I had done was good at all.

    In my experience, theft of work in this industry is something that's more common then it should be. I'm not sure if designers, developers or copywriters feel that it's standard practice or that all ideas have already been done—why not save time?

    In the end, if you want to stand out you have to do the unique works that stand out, and publish that content before somebody else comes up with the phrase. Your visitors might not notice, but Google does pay attention to who had it first.

  • http://www.activestudios.com Aubrey Alexander

    I know what you mean. What I hate are the spambots that crawl by and duplicate the content of your site all over various ad sites. That's stealing where I can’t even tell that anything I had done was good at all.

    In my experience, theft of work in this industry is something that's more common then it should be. I'm not sure if designers, developers or copywriters feel that it's standard practice or that all ideas have already been done—why not save time?

    In the end, if you want to stand out you have to do the unique works that stand out, and publish that content before somebody else comes up with the phrase. Your visitors might not notice, but Google does pay attention to who had it first.

  • http://blog.looseends.net Katie Baird

    When this happened to me I was happy to discover another great how-to resource in an article written by Vonetta Booker Brown. Her original piece is at http://www.righthandconcepts.com/articles.htm#content

    I took the direct approach and contacted the infringer who took her site down IMMEDIATELY. Think it was a learning experience all around. I won't go into the story in detai her, but just comment that I agree it's an occupational hazard. Being proactive is a good way to try to combat the problem but it surely won't go away soon.

  • http://blog.looseends.net Katie Baird

    When this happened to me I was happy to discover another great how-to resource in an article written by Vonetta Booker Brown. Her original piece is at http://www.righthandconcepts.com/articles.htm#content

    I took the direct approach and contacted the infringer who took her site down IMMEDIATELY. Think it was a learning experience all around. I won't go into the story in detai her, but just comment that I agree it's an occupational hazard. Being proactive is a good way to try to combat the problem but it surely won't go away soon.

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