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Splog Alert – The Genealogy Place

Stop Content Theft

[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:

Domain ID:D44166732-LRMS

Domain Name:TREEGENEALOGY.INFO

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 ID:CR98476624

Registrant Name:Nirubama Manikantan

Registrant Organization:

Registrant Street1:Blk 796, #03-3370

Registrant Street2:Yishun Ring Road

Registrant Street3:

Registrant City:Singapore

Registrant State/Province:Singapore

Registrant Postal Code:760796

Registrant Country:SG

Registrant Phone:+62.571294

Registrant Phone Ext.:

Registrant FAX:

Registrant FAX Ext.:

Registrant Email:manikantan1960@gmail.com

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 geneabloggers@gmail.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 Offense

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 manikantan1960@gmail.com 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.

Conclusion

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

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26 October 2011 ~ Comments Off

Recorded Explorinar on Facebook Now Available

Here is the recording of my recent “explorinar” on Facebook Pages and Facebook Groups.

Explorinar: Facebook Pages vs. Facebook Groups from Thomas MacEntee on Vimeo.

Facebook Pages vs. Facebook Groups

Are you confused when it comes to creating a Facebook presence for your business, genealogy society or even a research project? Should you create a Facebook Page or a Facebook Group? What are the advantages and disadvantages of each? Learn all the details as well as differences between both formats in this informative session!

What’s an Explorinar?

A casual exploration of a website, an application or some other program that could be useful to genealogists and family historians. Explorinars are free and limited to 100 participants. There are no handouts so please take notes.

©2011, copyright Thomas MacEntee

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21 October 2011 ~ Comments Off

Explorinars: Facebook Pages vs. Facebook Groups

Explorinar: Facebook Pages vs. Facebook Groups
presented by Thomas MacEntee

Are you confused when it comes to creating a Facebook presence for your business, genealogy society or even a research project? Should you create a Facebook Page or a Facebook Group? What are the advantages and disadvantages of each? Learn all the details as well as differences between both formats in this informative session!

NOTE: this webinar will be offered at two different times to accommodate different time zones and schedules.  One session will be held in the evening (Tuesday, October 25, 2011) and the other in the early afternoon (Thursday, October 27, 2011).  Please make sure you register for the correct one!

Choose:

Tuesday, October 25, 2011
8pm Eastern
7pm Central
6pm Mountain
5pm Pacific
12am London
11am Sydney

Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/175479774

Thursday, October 27, 2011

2pm Eastern
1pm Central
12pm Mountain
11am Pacific
7pm London
6am Sydney

Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/297967702

What’s an Explorinar?

A casual exploration of a website, an application or some other program that could be useful to genealogists and family historians. Explorinars are free and limited to 100 participants. There are no handouts so please take notes. A free recording of the session will be posted at http://www.hidefgen.com.

More About Thomas MacEntee

Thomas MacEntee is a professional genealogist specializing in the use of technology and social media to improve genealogical research and as a means of interacting with others in the family history community. Utilizing over 25 years of experience in the information technology field, Thomas writes and lectures on the many ways in which blogs, Facebook and Twitter can be leveraged to add new dimensions to the genealogy experience. As the creator of GeneaBloggers.com (http://www.geneabloggers.com) he has organized and engaged a community of over 2,000 bloggers to document their own journeys in the search for ancestors.

Through his business High-Definition Genealogy (http//www.hidefgen.com), Thomas is available for speaking engagements, workshops and other events. High-Definition Genealogy also performs market research within the genealogy industry and has proven track-record of mapping out the genealogy industry landscape for clients seeking to transact business and interact in the field.

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