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Dirty, Rotten, Content Thief!
Posted 01 October 2003 - 09:26 PM
Posted 01 October 2003 - 09:57 PM
When I suggested he scrap his current web sites since they've been build using stolen content (stolen templates and copy) he basically said that's unrealistic because he's "put a lot of time into building the sites." Seriously, that's what he said.
Posted 01 October 2003 - 10:10 PM
Check out the bullet points and content surrounding them on his site vs. the Dell site:
Posted 01 October 2003 - 10:36 PM
And I'm assuming you're making their legal department aware of this, as well?
My latest copyright violation confirmation? Dell computer!
Nothing like hauling out the Big Guns...
Posted 01 October 2003 - 10:41 PM
I did notice he's got one section in his bullet points that wasn't lifted off Dell's site. It's got a typo.
Posted 01 October 2003 - 10:59 PM
He's put a lot of time and effort into these sites! Hell yeah! It took awhile to find all the places with good content to steal. Afterall, he only steals from the best!
I'm really pissed that my stuff is still there in places, apparently.
Posted 01 October 2003 - 11:01 PM
Dell's customer service department took 9 minutes to respond to my tip about the stolen copyrighted content with the following cropped reply:
Dear Mr. Kohler,
Thank you for bringing this to our attention. I have routed this
information to our legal department.
I called the guy first to tell him I was calling Dell next, but ONE OF HIS ROOMMATES answered his business line and said he was out (that's a Canadian ouuut) for the night. Why didn't he listen when I suggested he'd be better off taking his sites down?
Posted 01 October 2003 - 11:17 PM
I called the guy again and his roommate is getting pissed. Strangely, the roommate has chosen to get pissed at me instead of his copy stealing roommate. He doesn't seem to understand that his roommate is to blame for 1. stealing the content, and 2. routing his business phone to their home phone.
Posted 01 October 2003 - 11:59 PM
Maybe his business phone is his home phone. I mean, this guy doesn't sound like he's really all that big-time (well big-time plagarism, maybe, but other than that...).
He doesn't seem to understand that his roommate is to blame for 1. stealing the content, and 2. routing his business phone to their home phone.
And, give the guy some credit -- he's been working hard! It takes a lot of work to conduct theft on such a massive scale... I mean, he's not merely stealing content; he's also appropriating site templates, and then there's all the cutting and pasting to integrate all the stolen content into the stolen templates. And then dealing with all the harrassing phone calls from irate intellectual property owners.
Poor guy must be exhausted. No wonder he had to go out and relax for the evening...
Posted 02 October 2003 - 12:15 AM
I think you're right about his business phone being his home phone. Personally, I don't see that by itself being something to rip the guy for (after bringing it up) since this is the same case with me (my toll-free number kicks to my cell) but at least I have the courtesy to not put my roommates (in my case my fiance) in a position of answering business calls at midnight. That's what voicemail's for.
If I gave the guy credit for anything it's his taste for great content. I must admit he's stolen great content from some great web sites. I guess you could say the same thing about someone who shot a 40 point buck out of season (I hope that wasn't too regional).
Posted 02 October 2003 - 12:34 AM
Check the content starting at the 2nd paragraph after the company name:
Posted 02 October 2003 - 01:21 AM
"Very similar" Sometimes I crack me up...
Posted 02 October 2003 - 01:28 AM
Torka, you could be right, but I didn't get that impression from the roommate who answered the phone. He didn't sound like he was living in a climate controlled data center.
Now, it could simply be coincidence that our pal's highly-sophisticated home comes equipped with not only irate roommates but also with redundant T-3 lines and state of the art Cisco routers in a very similar configuration to the folks at Global2000.
He told me he was going to call the police because I called him so late at night, which I found extremely entertaining considering I was trying to tip him off to the fact that his roommate is stealing web site content from (I'm losing track) around 10 businesses. I still don't understand why it's MY problem that this pissed off roommate has to answer the phone on behalf of his scamming roommate. In that situation, I think I'd take the phone off the hook and take it up with the roommate.
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