Monday, March 22, 2010

HiKool Update

Sorry I have not posted any new recipes lately, but all the content from my blog for the past seven months had been illegally posted on a site called HiKool. Every time I posted something new, it would soon be posted on that site. And it was not even my blog. I recognized pics and recipes from other vegan blogs as well. So, I filed a DMCA letter with HostGator, the site's hosting service, listing the 48 blog posts stolen from my website. Remember, bloggers, you maintain the copyright to the material on your blog. That means you have exclusive control over where that material appears. No one can re-post your recipe or pictures, even if they provide a link back to your blog, without your permission. This is not about plagiarism, necessarily, it is about copyright. It is your property, and you get to distribute it at your discretion.

I am happy to report that HostGator has now disabled access to the aforementioned site. Huzzah! Now that that is all sorted out, I will get back to posting recipes.

19 comments:

Janet said...

Sorry to hear about someone stealing your content, that's terrible! It's good to know that the company that was hosting the site agreed to disable the scammer's account. There's only ONE Vegan Dad!!

VivaciousVegan said...

Well that is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard of!!!!!
How could that happen???
I am incensed!!!! I am sorry to hear about this...

CrookedMoonMama said...

Wow, that sucks. Glad you fought for your blogger rights!!

Keli The Great said...

yay! I love your recipes! I am excited to have them back soon!

Banana said...

boo~hiss!!! sorry to hear about the plagiarism drama -- what a drain!

i'm glad things are sorted out and you get can get back in your groove.

thank you so much for all of your inspiration and creativity!!!!

josie said...

wow, that's shady. i'm really sorry to hear that. it looks like they've taken down their "food" content, but it appears all their other topics (yoga, weight loss, etc.) are still open for business, probably stealing other people's content. evil jerks.

Sarah said...

That's great! I noticed some other website taking my posts and putting them up as their own but didn't know what to do about it. Maybe I will try writing to someone if I notice it happen again. Welcome back :)

Dawne said...

Wow - I'm glad you got that straightened out. It's hard to understand what motivates someone to do that sort of thing. I am thinking about starting a food blog myself and this kind of thing is worrisome! How did you find out that this person was plagiarizing your material?

Money Funk said...

It sounds like they hooked a feed aggregator plugin to their site. This would automatically posts your stuff on their site without them having to do a thing. Such a shame.
Well, I am glad that you were able to get it worked out. Look forward to more recipes. :)

Manhattan said...

What upsetting news! My boyfriend and I have really enjoyed your recipes and stories. We're even inspired to get a used ice-cream maker this summer! We hope you will get this matter resolved soon, and perhaps even an apology or some kind of recognition from the HiKool site.

We all look forward to more Vegan Dad creations!

From your fans in New York

Marlene aka LuckyDog said...

right on! good for you! now post away, I'm hungry, lol! Love your blog!

Krishna said...

Congrats on shutting down the fraud site! How frustrating to have to hard work posted without your consent! I love the blog and many thanks for all the great ideas and recipes!

Mary said...

That is crazy. Thank you for contacting the hosting service. I just went to HiKool, and the site exists, but it looks like there are no recipes, just ads.

How scary! Thanks for the heads up.

Veg Atalanta said...

yay for the victory! and i'm glad because i've loved reading about your recipes and cooking for your family.

Outdoorgrrl said...

I'm impressed with your persistence and success! A victory for you and for bloggers in general. Keep up the good work (writing recipes and preventing piracy)!

Helen said...

I'm so glad you got that taken care of, for all of us! Thanks.

chow said...

Yay! So glad you got 'em! :-)

The Gothic Homemaker said...

I just had this happen to me, and it's the worst, most violating feeling! However, in my case, they are not merely copying and pasting, then "forgetting" to link to my site. They swapped in safflower oil for canola and left out some parsley, then slapped their own name on it. I immediately remembered this post of yours and steeled myself, thinking, "I do have rights!" So I won't take it lying down. Thanks, Vegan Dad! :)

The Gothic Homemaker said...

I just thought I would let you know that the same person I found out was plagiarizing one of my recipes has an uncredited recipe for your vegan Miracle Whip posted as well, which she is passing off as her own. Facebook has been kind enough to remove the content that was lifted without permission from my blog. I thought you'd want to know about this in case you want to take action!
https://www.facebook.com/GothicHomemakerOfficial?ref=hl#!/notes/tamaras-recipes-page/vegan-sandwich-spread-similar-to-miracle-whip/262335180470357