We never even thought about this when we launched our business and began writing articles about our products, but, indeed, someone has plagiarized our article entitled “Why Antique Icons?” all over the internet.
Here is our original article published first on our blog and later on the ezines site: Ezines Article published September 11, 2010.
We are hesitant to link to the plagiarized versions by a certain writer named “George Carlton”, who is using the article to drive traffic to a different Church Goods site, which we also don’t want to link to. Unfortunately, he also significantly changed the wording of the article such that it now reads extremely awkwardly, almost as though it was auto-translated using a service such as Google Translate to translate it into a foreign language and then auto-translated it back to English.
One can easily find the plagiarized versions of our article by searching for “Why Antique Icons” on Google. The plagiarized versions begin on the second page of results and, by our count, the plagiarizer submitted the article to at least 14 different ezines sites with backlinks to the aforementioned Church Goods site.
We have contacted the company that is benefitting from the plagiarism asking them to remove the articles but, as yet, we have received no response. We were successful in getting one of the ezines sites to remove the article, but now are wondering if we should really spend the time to contact all 13 other sites hosting the article to get it removed. We have read that there are effective actions, which can be taken, up to and including having the linked site banned from Google or even removed from the web by their ISP, but we would, of course, prefer not to take such actions.
Any thoughts about how we should deal with this would be very much appreciated.
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