Dealing with sites that rip off Naked Capitalism content feels like dealing with a persistent infestation: you go an exterminate a few and they just keep coming back. Per my last comment on this sorry matter in December:
Another thing I have too often been slow to address is people stealing my work. The last time I found I had a site scraper (meaning someone who rips off entire posts, no permission, and often no atttribution) it took me over half a year to get around to it, and readers were enormously helpful in getting the offender to cease.
The problem is any time I spend on shameless site scrapers cuts into writing new posts. So I hope reader don’t mind my asking for help.
Richard Smith flagged some based on the unique to Naked Capitalism publicity surrounding Professor Outis Philalithopoulos:
Zmarter is a blog we also flagged in December, so they need a more concerted effort, it appears. Another site that took a recent post without attribution is:
The key bit is not finding out who the owner of the URL of the offending site is, although that is progress. Even if the operator of the site has registered it in his own name, and whoever the official admin contact is should get a nastygram, one can assume they know they are up to no good and are not likely to desist. The critical party is an admin contact at the webhost. If it is a commercial webhost, they do NOT like getting nastygrams, and they typically shut sites down first and ask questions later.
So step one is finding the admin contact at the webhost of the offenders, and also (as a matter of form) a contact at the site itself. Please post in comments to prevent helpful readers from duplicating effort.
Another thing that would be very much appreciated would be if someone prepared a cease and desist letter for each site. Not providing a form; that is one minute on a Google search. I mean actually picking a form and filling in the needed information so it is ready to go. If you are game to do that, volunteer in comments and put in a valid e-mail address. Richard will contact you.
Thanks a lot!