This is a slightly different approach the the Overheard on Twitter – let us know what you think. The last few brought up the concept of branding, and this time we wanted to take a look at brand theft.
Photo by Jef Bettens
Then, just as you become popular – they take all your hard work, and make it their own.
They Stole Your Content
As if spam comments weren’t bad enough, now some people see fit to just outright steal your content by scraping your RSS feed and republishing it.
Well, it turns out BlogNetNews really is trying to run an honorable site.
“It is alleged that BNN does not link back to your blog. This is, bluntly, FALSE. It does link back. If you click on the title of your post, it redirects to your site. If you click on the name of your blog, it brings you to another BNN page that shows blurbs of your blog’s most current posts. Click on one and it takes you to your blog.” – Nolanotes
There are ways of preventing content theft:
They Hijacked Your Profile
There’s a new kind of identity thief in town – are your profile doors locked and secure?
mayobrains @samharrelson It’s really unfortunate that it is so hard to control one’s image on those sites, especially where it’s so imperative for pros 07:46 PM January 28, 2008 from web in reply to samharrelson
They Snatched Your Domain
From an earlier interview with Todd Mintz:
To most domainers, domains are “online real estate” and domaining is the practice of investing in “online real estate” with the expectation of earning a nice ROI. Now, there are rules that honest domainers must follow and one such rule is not to violate somebody’s trademark in any domain that is registered.
Deliberate cybersquatting is clearly wrong…however, the great majority of domain purchasers don’t know much about trademark rules nor do they know the penalties for violating them. Instances like the one involving The Simpsons Movie occur mostly out of ignorance and such people, even if their intent was to profit from their actions, must be separated from the “professional rogues” in the industry.
There are literally hundreds upon thousands of people who have been victim to domain theft in one form or another. Just last year Wiki.com was caught in a mix up, and in three years “cybersquatting” has increased almost 50%.
The only way you can prevent this from happening to you is by keeping up with all the new tricks they’re using to steal your domain.
If you haven’t taken the time to develop your brand yet, realize this simple fact – something is only worth being stolen if it is valuable. Your brand holds an immeasurable amount of potential.
Go ahead – build a brand worth stealing!