|Mon Dec 29 2008 11:06:48|
Ecommerce-Journal.com Steals eBay Interview of Jeff Jordan
By: David Steiner
I rarely, if ever, use this blog as a soapbox for a personal vent, but when I ran across a case of content theft as blatant as this, I decided to go all "Michael Arrington" and post this rant to our blog. I also think the best thing to do is to document it for the Internet community at large to see, so I'm going to make this post as Google-friendly as I can, (I might mention Amazon, Barack Obama or even Britney Spears in this article, but it's not really relevant.) to ensure that it stays high in search results whenever someone searches Ecommerce-Journal.com. Hopefully services that might be considering advertising on Ecommerce-Journal.com will read this and think twice.
The post below this one in the AuctionBytes blog points to an interview we did with former PayPal President Jeff Jordan, who left eBay in 2006. In doing a search on Google News this morning, the AuctionBytes article appeared in the results, as well as an article by Ecommerce-Journal.com. What a coincidence, I thought, that they should also do an interview with Mr. Jordan, so I clicked through to read it. You can imagine my surprise, when I saw that Ecommerce-Journal, Deputy Chief Editor, Ayny, had asked exactly the same questions that AuctionBytes had asked Mr. Jordan. I was even more surprised that he gave exactly the same answers.
Of course, that wasn't the case. Ecommerce-Journal.com felt it was not only appropriate to lift original content from AuctionBytes, but that it was also proper to change any mention of AuctionBytes in their ripped off version to the letter "Q." (See image below)
We don't waste a lot of time on content thieves (well about ten minutes throwing together this post). But I can't help but wonder what the good folks at Google News are thinking by including Ecommerce-Journal.com in their search results - traffic that should be going to sites publishing original content, not stealing it.
I actually thought it was somewhat amusing that Ecommerce-Journal.com states in its footer that all materials copied from their site be followed with a link back to them - and that "Any violation will be reviewed as crime and will be reported to corresponding law authorities."
In the spirit of the holidays, I'd like to make a gift of this post. Feel free post it in it's entirety anywhere you'd like.
Update 12/29/08 12:21ET - Well that didn't take long. Less than 2 hours after this was posted, a Google search for "ecommerce-journal" shows this blog entry on Page 1 of results. Google News has also replaced the image from the stolen article with the image from this blog post. Something to this 'squeaky wheel gets the grease' thing...