I've been publishing my blog with a full feed to make it easier for people who have found this blog interesting and subscribed to my feed to be notified of new posts. Recently I noticed that a site was scraping my feed in whole and publishing it to their site.
This site that is scraping my feed on the surface looks like another social bookmarking website but after some digging around it looks to be nothing more than way to scrape content from sites and feeds and re-publish that content onto their site in the hopes that people will click on their ads.
The unfortunate thing about all this is that for the time being I'll be taking advantage of the FeedBurner settings that cut down the amount of content you'll see in the feed and if an entry is interesting to you you'll have to visit the blog to read it all. I don't plan to make this a permanent thing-just long enough to allow me to try to do something about my content being scraped from my feed. I don't mind if someone takes a snippet of my blog and uses it to expand on something or as an example as long as it is done under the scope of my Creative Commons license. I believe in the free exchange of information on the internet and I believe in share and share alike and because of that when someone working on a website for a school contacted me about using a photo of mine I granted them permission. I didn't even ask to be paid or anything because I often use the information that schools and universities publish on the web about plants.
The site where I've found my feed scraped onto is www.ppnow.net or www.ppnow.com and like I said it looks like a run of the mill social bookmarking website until you notice that the profiles look made up and sometimes the girls have pictures of boys and apparently none of the "members" there are social enough to fill out a profile. I looked around that website for contact information because who doesn't have a website and a contact form on the net these days? Anyway I couldn't find it and the only thing I found was an email: firstname.lastname@example.org and when I sent an e-mail I got no response. Today I found my latest blog entry about storing sweet potato vine tubers on the same website published in whole. So again I went to the faq of the site and notice that the e-mail email@example.com had been removed and replaced with firstname.lastname@example.org a generic e-mail account. I wish Google made it as easy to report scrapers as they do people who sell link on their websites.
Long story made even longer the people who have been nice enough to subscribe to my feed will still get updates just not entire posts (for a while) and people who visit the my garden blog directly won't see a difference. If you're curious if your blog is being scraped or your content is being used on another website you can you can use copyscape to scan for the net and see if your blog or website's content is being republished.