Legal Sleaze are Enemies of Reason, online thieving ahoy

15 February 2010

In case you need it, here's a lesson about why you shouldn't cut-and-paste entire stories from another website and pass them off as your own.

Anton Vowl is a blogger who devotes his time (some of it, at least) to calling out the Daily Mail and other tabloids for their bullshit-baffles-brains approach to journalism. Anton recently discovered that the excellent posts from his Enemies of Reason blog were appearing on a completely unrelated site, reproduced in their entirety with no links or attribution. In fact the website in question, Legal-Sleaze.com, would occasionally publish the posts under Anton's name, and sometimes under their own.

So Anton kicked off this morning in a very potty-mouthed outburst about Legal Sleaze, and called the owners out for blatantly stealing his work. Half an hour later, guess what's the top story on Legal Sleaze?

Bitterwallet - Legal Sleaze rips off blog

That the name attributed to Anton's posts changes suggests the scraping process isn't always automated and there's some manual work going on - although in this instance, it's clear the automation has played a blinder. If you're Legal Sleaze and you're reading this, kindly punch yourself in the balls, will you? We're happy for you to take all the credit for it, too. Cheers.

2 comments

  • Alex
    It would have been easier to get a wordpress plugin to stop the scraping but not as funny I suppose :)
  • Alan C.
    Once I found a whole site which copied all of the posts from the forum at http://www.j2meforums.com/, not only did they copy the posts but they renamed all of the users,avatars and signatures.....strangest thing I've ever seen someone do.

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