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Taiwan: The blog pirates


(Photo courtesy of Mrs. Turtle. The words on the photo are: All right preserved. No co-authors. Toy turtle claims: I only go out with Mrs. Turtle.)

When more and more people share their thoughts, knowledge, and experience on their blogs, more and more blog pirates appear. These pirates not only take the original photos (some even with the authors’ mark on them) or copy paste the original articles to their blogs but also submit some pieces for other publications or even blog awards. Here are some victims:

2007/3/18, cottom_vitas:

今天開網誌發現,有好心人告知我的文章被盜用了,連我的圖都被偷了,看了真是傻眼 …整篇文章連改都沒有改…只有把我的名字改成她的名字,而且還可以回應別人問她的問題…她不只偷我的文,很多人的文章也都被偷了,我不懂用別人的文章當成自己的生活經驗,不是很沒有意義嗎?

This morning, a nice person left a message on my blog and told me that my article was pirated, together with my photos. I was shocked…That pirate did not change a word…She only changed my name to her name, and responded to the questions and comments on that article…She not only pirated my article but also others’. I do not understand. What's the point of taking other people's articles as their own life experience?



When I read the content, I do not know if I should cry or laugh at it. The conversation between Larry and I became the msn conversation between her friend and she…My article was posted on 1/18, and she posted it on her blog on 1/9. She is really fast.

2007/6/15,Mr.&Ms. Days:


We indeed do not like to do the monitoring stuff. We are already so generous and allow everyone re-publish the whole article from our website with attribution and link. I believe this action (referring the author) is a piece of cake and should not be a burden to anyone.



Should we keep silent because the articles on internet are often plagiarized?
Could it be said that bloggers are blogging for fun so we should tolerate this kind of plagiarism that publish our words under their name on internet or even on a book?
I want to emphasize: this is not only blog plagiarism. This is intentional hiding the truth and lying.



When your life becomes others’ life…what is your feeling?
When your hard-earned photos and words become someone else's intellectual property and were sold to the publishers, what is your feeling?
When you do not know that person, but you were referred to as her friend who traveled with you (almost every time), what is your feeling?
My previous experience about being plagiarized is nothing compared to this one. This time I can say that it really opens my eye to the internet and pirating culture in China. A beautiful summer afternoon was ruined by this issue. I start to think about the future of my website. Maybe I should leave good things to real publishers.

How can bloggers deal with blog pirates?

Mr. Wednesday tried to develop a tool that can find similar documents on internet:

由於前一陣子MMDAYS發生了文章被抄襲的事件,因此Mr. Wednesday開發了一個工具來幫助了解這類情況,取名為《Parrot》,用於尋找網路上高相似度的文件。

Because MMDAYs found their articles were plagiarized recently, Mr. Wednesday develop a tool named ‘Parrot’ to solve this kind of problems. It can be used to find the documents that are highly similar to your documents.



From last night till this morning, I have sent three e-mails to three website administrators, their legal consultants and my lawyer friend. I am so tired now.
Up till now, among the two most serious websites, has already closed the pirated blog, but Blogbus still keeps updating the blog's contents.
What would be the result of the e-mails? I am not sure. Let's wait and see.
Should we put this to the BBS of related websites in China? This is another way. But I do not think it is possible and practical to ask the website administrators to apologize for this because they are not responsible for these pirated articles and photos based on their liability claims for the intellectual property right problems on their website.



I think in the future it would be better to put my website and my name on my photos.

If there is no way to prevent these persistent pirates from keeping pirating on different websites, what will the future blogs look like?

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