Update: I see Shel Israel posted on the Bitacle Scam, yesterday, with support and advice from Amy Gahran.
Dante reserved the 8th circle of hell for thieves and falsifiers. Since he was pre-Internet, I’ve taken the liberty of assigning spammers and feed scrapers to the 8th circle, too. Seems a fitting place.
They’re going to need more room down on the 8th, though, now that Bitacle has joined the feed-scraping cohort of rip-off artists.
Yesterday, I noticed an odd trackback request for my last post. Following it, I discovered that Bitacle has been stealing my feed – along with the feeds of thousands of others.
What’s making me so angry?
- They never asked.
- They are violating my Creative Commons deed by using my material as a way to spawn Google Adsense ads (commercial use) and by slapping a different CC license on my content.
- Their own Creative Commons deed, by allowing commercial use of any content found on the site, invites other scammers to extend and expand the rip-off downstream.
- They encourage readers to leave comments on their site, not mine.
- Email to them is simply ignored.
Other bloggers have noticed. Der Schockwellenreiter Weblog calls Bitacle a traffic thief. Jogy is seriously pissed off. Plain Jane Mom asks “Why is Bitacle Stealing All Our Blogs?” (and tags her post “thieving bastards,” a nice touch I am copying). I can’t
describe the rage of the Spoken For blogger…. go see for yourself (Valerie also passes on some advice for foiling the evil ones).
The vermin behind Bitacle is apparently a guy named Jesus Angelo Glez. I haven’t decided, yet, whether to send him a bill, or just chortle over the misery that awaits him in the 8th circle. Hey, Jesus! Save your soul… stop ripping off other folk’s coffee.