[UPDATE: Just to clarify, according to the WHOIS information genealogyplace.info "appears" to be owned by a different person than the owner of treegenealogy.info which is thankfully now shut down and pointing to a default website place holder used by Host Gator. I find it highly suspicious however that both sites originate from Singapore, both have popped up recently, both are using the same banner graphic, and both are stealing content from the genealogy community. Coincidence? You decide.]
Well I’ve tried to play nice with Nirubama Manikantan, owner of The Genealogy Place at genealogyplace.info. But not only has Mr. Manikantan ignored my cease and desist emails about stealing content from GeneaBloggers.com (see below) but he continues to steal content – the latest is from my High-Definition genealogy blog right here and specifically this post. Here is the stolen content.
Thanks to Google Alerts and the use of pingbacks on all my blogs, I realized my content was being stolen. Here’s the story:
Offender: The Genealogy Place
The latest violator – a site called The Genealogy Place (http://genealogyplace.info) which is registered to a Nirubama Manikantan. Here is the email I just sent to him last week:
Hello Mr. Manikantan
I am the owner of GeneaBloggers.com and via Google Alerts this morning I found that my recent blog posts have been used at the Tree Genealogy Info (http://treegenealogy.info/) website which, according to the WHOIS record, is owned by you, Nirubama Manikantan:
Created On:19-Nov-2011 11:38:07 UTC
Last Updated On:18-Jan-2012 20:39:08 UTC
Expiration Date:19-Nov-2012 11:38:07 UTC
Sponsoring Registrar:GoDaddy.com LLC (R171-LRMS)
Status:CLIENT DELETE PROHIBITED
Status:CLIENT RENEW PROHIBITED
Status:CLIENT TRANSFER PROHIBITED
Status:CLIENT UPDATE PROHIBITED
Registrant Name:Nirubama Manikantan
Registrant Street1:Blk 796, #03-3370
Registrant Street2:Yishun Ring Road
Registrant Postal Code:760796
Registrant Phone Ext.:
Registrant FAX Ext.:
The post in question is: http://treegenealogy.info/2012/new-genealogy-blogs-march-10-2012-geneabloggers
I am formally requesting that you immediately remove these posts from your site on the basis that they violate the copyright on my intellectual property. You have stolen my content without my permission. Your use of GeneaBloggers content does not fall within the Fair Use doctrine of US Copyright laws. In addition, you are using your own name as author on all of these articles giving the impression that this is your content.
Please remove all GeneaBloggers content immediately and no later than 5:00 pm Central Daylight Time, Friday, March 26 and email confirmation to me at email@example.com once content is removed. You may also reimburse me at the rate of $500 per article if you choose. Either way, please let me know which option you choose.
If content is not removed by 5:00 pm Central Daylight Time, Friday, March 26, I will pursue all legal remedies including filing a DMCA complaint with Google and with your Internet service provider, Host Gator.
Finally, I am notifying many of my colleagues in the genealogy industry from whom you’ve also misappropriated content. Since such theft on your site is so pervasive, I will most likely need to alert my community of over 2,500 genealogy bloggers via blog post at GeneaBloggers and have them check your site for their own content. GeneaBloggers has a long history of representing its members in the fight against splogs and content theft – please see http://www.geneabloggers.com/tag/content-theft/ for past occasions where we have successfully won each and every case of content theft.
Please email me if you have any questions.
(Note: Manikantan has treegenealogy.info registered as well as genealogyplace.info. Genealogy bloggers are encouraged to use/copy the above text as the basis of a cease and desist notice to any sploggers caught using your content).
The Genealogy Place is stealing content from genealogy bloggers. It is copying entire posts and it not linking back to the original post. In addition, the site appears to be making a profit from affiliate advertising, Google AdSense, links, etc.
What Can You Do?
Contact Nirubama Manikantan at firstname.lastname@example.org using the WHOIS information listed above. Use a cease and desist notice and tell Manikantan that your original content is being used and your copyright violated.
Insist that he remove your content or you will contact The Genealogy Place’s web hosting company (Host Gator) and file a DMCA complaint. Click here to learn how to file a complaint with Host Gator (you must mail or fax the complaint letter).
Also file a DMCA complaint with the advertisers displayed at The Genealogy Place (here is a link to the Google AdSense DMCA complaint form).
I also recommend, if possible, that you post at the comments for each post using your content and link back to this post. At the very least, they’ve been “called out” here at GeneaBloggers and this info will show up in Google search results.
It isn’t playing fair when you have to steal content from others who have worked so hard to document their genealogy journey.
Don’t forget our the resource page at GeneaBloggers on Blog Copyright and Content Theft!
I will always fight the good fight against opportunists who want to ride the current wave of popularity surrounding family history and only take from our community without giving back.
© 2012, copyright Thomas MacEntee