Dear "Bali Food Recipes and World Most Famous Recipes",
Not only is your grammar awful, your sense of morals and ethics is also amiss. You misunderstand the purpose of RSS feeds. It is not a source of free content for you to mine and publish on your web site. It is not content on which you can place ads to monetize your pathetic web site. It is for the convenience of my readers, so that they can read my posts in their favorite RSS reader, and be alerted of new posts on my food blog.
I left you this comment on July 14 on a plaigiarized post and it is still under moderation.
July 14th, 2007 19:13
Please desist from reproducing my posts in entirety as you do not have my permission to do so. The images on my blog have my copyright. Please remove all my images from your web site, too.
This is my first notice to you and it applies to all the posts and images you have copied verbatim from my blog.
You have the nerve to publish this on the thing that you call your web site
Note: Any comments are permitted only because the site owner is letting you post, and any comments will be removed for any reason at the absolute discretion of the site owner.
Since you did not respond nor publish my comment, I had no choice but to make a complaint with Google AdSense to report a violation. I also left you this comment a short while ago, informing you of the same - hoping that this time, it will get through to you, regardless of whatever it is that you are smoking.
July 18th, 2007 05:55
I left you a comment asking you to take down posts and images that you have copied from my food blog, Indian Food Rocks. Unfortunately you did not seem to care as my content continues to be copied.
I have reported your site to Google for abuse and violations with respect to AdSense as what you are doing violates the AdSense Terms of Service.
You still have time to take down copied content. I will be reporting this to your web host next.
Mine is not the only blog you have had the audacity to copy without permission. My friend Ashwini was shocked to find an online Mumbai magazine copying her gorgeous images. But you seem to be at it, too. You are scraping the sites of several well-known food blogs, including Orangette and Cooking With Amy.
Shame on you, Bali Recipes.
Take my content off your pathetic web site immediately.
A hat tip to Bee and Sweet Pel for the heads up.
Update (July 19, 2007): I got an email from Bali Recipes earlier this morning telling me that they have taken my content off their site and that they thought I would not mind since they linked back to my site.
I believe that recipes are for sharing and that there can be no copyright on a recipe per se. However, my stories and my pictures are my own and are not available for copying without my permission.
They took off Ashwini's posts, too. And now, when I try to access their site, I am shown a message that says that their account has been suspended.
Bali Recipes wanted me to take down this post as they have complied with my wishes. However, there are plenty of others out there that will make the same mistake - some because they are clueless about copyrights, others because they want to make a quick buck. The only way to get the message across is by writing about it over and over and over again which is why I will not take down this post.