Attention GreenMommy.com: Stop Stealing My Content!

by Chrystal Johnson on November 19, 2012

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As a blogger, I take my content very seriously. My writing and my images are my product – and I don’t take people stealing from me lightly. Stealing is WRONG, and stealing my content is no different than stealing from a store.

So when I woke up yesterday and discovered not 1, but 2 of my posts had been stolen and used by GreenMommy.com, I was not a happy blogger.

Check out the posts that were stolen.

Original Post on Happy Mothering:

http://www.happy-mothering.com/11/giveaways/100-pure-mascara-lip-gloss-stocking-stuffers/

Stolen Post on GreenMommy.com:

http://greenmommy.com/giveaways/win-100-pure-mascara-and-lip-gloss-givinggreen-stocking-stuffers-giveaway

Original Post on Happy Mothering:

http://www.happy-mothering.com/11/giveaways/outdoor-gifts-grand-prize/

Stolen Post on GreenMommy.com:

http://greenmommy.com/giveaways/enter-the-outdoor-gifts-giveaway-grand-prize-two-packages-1000/

Upon further examination, it appears that NONE of the content on GreenMommy.com is original – all of it is lifted from other blogs. What’s disturbing is that this blog has 28,000 Facebook Fans and 70,000 community members. Thieves should not be rewarded for stealing the hard work of others!

I tried contacting them through the contact form on their website – it doesn’t work. I tried commenting on the stolen posts to demand they be taken down – no response. I then tried messaging them through their Facebook page – I was ignored.

If you’re a green living blogger, I highly suggest you go check out this blog to see if they have stolen any of your content. Let’s make an example of this site to ensure they stop stealing from other bloggers!

Today, I will be sending DMCA letters to their hosting provider, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and anyone else I can think of. I will also tag their Facebook page continuously until they respond. If my posts are not taken down, I will take legal action.

Stealing content from another blogger is NEVER okay. Shame on you GreenMommy.com!

Update:

Sending a DMCA to her host worked. The posts have been pulled down! Thank you to everyone for your support! I hope more bloggers report GreenMommy.com for stealing their content so her host drops her!

About Chrystal Johnson

Chrystal, publisher of Happy Mothering, is a mother of two sweet girls who believes in living a simple, natural lifestyle. A former marketing manager, Chrystal spends her time researching green and eco-friendly alternatives to improve her family's life. She enjoys sharing those discoveries with anyone who's willing to listen.

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1 Kendra @ A Proverbs 31 Wife November 19, 2012 at 11:05 am

Question, how did you find that they stole your content?
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2 Chrystal Johnson November 19, 2012 at 11:31 am

I got a trackback for both of these articles or I probably wouldn’t have discovered these ones.

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3 Tamara
Twitter: silentsprings
November 19, 2012 at 11:59 am

With trackbacks I would only learn of someone re-posting my stuff if they linked to me right? So in this case I wouldn’t have even received a trackback as there were no links directing people to my site!
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4 Chrystal Johnson November 19, 2012 at 1:11 pm

That’s correct. You only get trackbacks when they link to you. I need to be more mindful of searching out sites like this and pursuing action against them!

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5 Cheryl
Twitter: momsandmunchkin
November 19, 2012 at 12:26 pm

Oh my gosh – that’s terrible! I hope they take down your work immediately!
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6 Lisa @Retro Housewife Goes Green November 19, 2012 at 1:06 pm

Thanks for sharing!! I haven’t found any of my blogs but a friend found one of my blog friend’s posts. I’m sick of these sites stealing our work!
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7 Ellen Christian November 19, 2012 at 2:09 pm

Wow that is just horrible!
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8 Julie November 19, 2012 at 2:47 pm

its disgusting

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9 Shop with Me Mama November 19, 2012 at 4:21 pm

Thank you for alerting me. I tried responding to that post you shared with me and her FB fan page, but he/she/it will probably ignore me too.
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10 Chrystal Johnson November 19, 2012 at 5:30 pm

You’re very welcome. Send a DMCA letter to her host and they will remove the post for you. Here’s a link: https://www.wiredtree.com. I hope enough people report her that her host drops her.

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11 Jennifer The Quirky Momma November 19, 2012 at 5:26 pm

So it’s not just reposting people back to you? How can anyone have a giveaway if it’s not their content? So, people are commenting and entering but no one wins? Is that how this is working???

YIKES!
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12 Chrystal Johnson November 19, 2012 at 5:28 pm

She had an enter here link and linked it to my blog, but the words made it sound like it was her giveaway when it was mine. But I sent her host a DMCA and the posts were removed.

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13 Melissa M November 20, 2012 at 6:10 am

It looks like they have taken them down now! When I hit the link it says page not found.

That it insane that they stole from you!!
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14 Chrystal Johnson November 20, 2012 at 9:25 am

The host did, indeed, take them down. Now I’m campaigning for other bloggers she has stolen from to take action as well. Hopefully her hosting provider will realize that her site is spam and remove her from their service.

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15 Mary Gallardo November 20, 2012 at 7:39 am

I am sorry to hear that! I hope they take down your work immediately!

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16 Sara Shay
Twitter: YrThrivinFamily
November 20, 2012 at 7:40 am

I m so glad you got some results. I still can’t believe people do stuff like that.
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17 TJ
Twitter: MeasuringFlower
November 20, 2012 at 8:04 am

Wow. That’s horrible! I haven’t seen any of my posts copied lately, but I see images that I’ve designed for my own site on other sites and Facebook ALL the time.
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18 Heidi (@MamaNibbles) November 20, 2012 at 8:22 am

ooh that burns my cookies! stealing content is SOOO wrong

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19 cat November 20, 2012 at 9:35 am

I’m sorry to hear this happened, I hope that it gets cleared up. I better keep a closer eye now!
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20 Cyndee Wells/Rude Mom
Twitter: cyndeejack
November 20, 2012 at 1:05 pm

OMG, that is so wrong in any language…what is she/he thinking when they steal content from someone else, especially your pictures and word for word content…I am so glad you found this and took the correct action
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21 kelly thompson November 20, 2012 at 4:40 pm

good for you, you hate to be put in that position but they could have at least credited you….

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22 Georgette
Twitter: LadyGDuran
November 20, 2012 at 8:04 pm

I am so sorry you have to go through this, Chrystal, but I am so glad you are taking a stand and not backing down on this! You are an inspiration to all
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23 judi
Twitter: juditupp
November 22, 2012 at 11:38 am

I’m not a blogger but I’m sharing this post to help get the word out.

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24 Chrystal Johnson November 22, 2012 at 4:04 pm

Thank you for your support Judi!

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