This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Monday, October 26, 2009

garden blog PIRATE site

Pirate site

Check out this pirate site! Gardening Realm Boo! Is it just me they're stealing from? Do you recognize your material here?

I didn't give my permission for them to use my material and I left a comment today for them to remove it. Let's see if I get a response.

By the way, thanks to Mostlypurple for finding this lousy this.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow, they even stole your post referring to them stealing your post...WTF?

It reminds me of lazy students plagiarizing a website and changing some key vocab words to make it 'their own'.

October 26, 2009 12:07 PM

Blogger Zazu Ta said...

Hi Kathy,

I read your blog every single day.. sometimes twice! Love it, love your passion ... you totally inspired me to start my own veggie patch last year... all the way in India!

I checked out the gardening realm site you posted here, seems they have more than a few ( if there is such a thing) posts of yours.


October 26, 2009 12:09 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just commented on their stolen version of your post. I'm interested to see if they allow it or block it. shameless!

October 26, 2009 12:27 PM

Blogger Silli said...

What the heck? They're just stealing your site, and running it through a bad English-to-English translator.

October 26, 2009 12:30 PM

Blogger la roux said...

!!! Terrible—!
How does one stop that? They are stealing every single one of your posts and swapping out words.

Though the post of the stolen post, is nicely ironic.

October 26, 2009 12:36 PM

Blogger Daphne said...

Wow they are stealing all your content and not even looking. They even have this post up. Which is quite amusing since they are calling themselves pirate on their own site.

If you can find out who hosts their site you can get it stopped. If they host it themselves I'd start putting a header in my blog saying that if it isn't at your site (with link) then they are thieves. My blog is not copyrighted but has a creative commons license but they would still have to attribute the post to me (ie link to my blog).

October 26, 2009 12:44 PM

Blogger Catherine said...

They must be stealing your RSS Feed and running it thru a "translator" to make it look like theirs. Booo.

Unfortunately I'm not sure if there's a way to block it.

October 26, 2009 12:57 PM

Blogger The Impatient Gardener said...

It looks like a Wordpress site. I'd contact them and complain. Then, if someone here can figure out how to tell who is hosting that page (since it appears to be a site, it has to have a separate host) and complain to them. Most hosts take that stuff very seriously!

It's really weird though ... it's almost like a hack through some sort of bug vs. a human being actually doing it.

October 26, 2009 12:58 PM

Blogger randompherret said...

Looks like they have 2 diffrent sites abd stealing from their rss feeds. very sad indeed.

October 26, 2009 2:03 PM

Anonymous Marian(LondonUK) said...

What a cheek. The language is very amusing, just how long did it take you to put up your "blockade"?

October 26, 2009 2:10 PM

Anonymous Holly said...

It's very strange. The fact that this post has also posted to their site- which is not good for them. Not sure what to do- it's just very very weird.

October 26, 2009 2:16 PM

Blogger edward3h said...

Looks like they use this hosting provider:
Might be worth contacting their legal department.

October 26, 2009 2:19 PM

Blogger kathy said...

I have just now filed a formal complaint through a Blogger copyright protection site. I don't know if this is an appropriate site. I will look into Wordpress too.

Thanks for the advice.

October 26, 2009 2:19 PM

Blogger kathy said...

The word translator is very funny. I guess they prefer to be called a "bandit site" rather than a pirate site. And I'm chuckling about the "blockade" I built around my garden plot.

October 26, 2009 2:22 PM

Blogger kathy said...

Thanks edward3h,

I just sent an email to the legal department at The

October 26, 2009 2:43 PM

Anonymous eva said...

Simply put a square of skinless ripened offspring and a little booze or old wine in to a bowl.

Whoa. Those are some gardening tips.

October 26, 2009 2:45 PM

Blogger edward3h said...

Good luck.

I forgot to mention I found by using the tools at

October 26, 2009 2:46 PM

Blogger Karen said...

That's just CREEPY. I wonder what other sites they are knocking up.

October 26, 2009 4:05 PM

Anonymous Dalila said...

I wonder if they are changing a few words in your posts to get around being seen as stealing your posts? The word changes seem automated because the same words were substituted each time you used them.
Good luck! I wish there was something more we could do about this (in general, because this is the second splog I have seen in 24h).

October 26, 2009 4:59 PM

Blogger SwingCat123 said...

Oh. Bad form. I hope you can get them taken down, thats just not cool. Good luck.

October 26, 2009 5:46 PM

Blogger Emily said...


I'm sorry to hear your posts are getting stolen. Wasn't it just last year someone was taking your garden photos for their website?

I hope you get it sorted out.

October 26, 2009 5:49 PM

Blogger kathy said...

Thanks again for the help all. Its hard enough to find the time to garden, much less defend my hobby against this stuff.

And like you say, its just not cool. If personal property isn't respected on line, people won't post it.

October 26, 2009 6:27 PM

Blogger kathy said...

If you Google the titles, you can find out who's blog it is from. This post

is from here:

I wonder if this blogger knows...

October 26, 2009 6:51 PM

Blogger Jayadeep(JDP) said...

It appears like an automated thing - a bot doing this. They have this post as well there! That sucks!

October 27, 2009 4:26 AM

Blogger TeresaNoelleRoberts said...

That's the cheesiest thing ever. At least when I've caught people pirating my e-books, it's good old-fashioned trying to make a buck the dishonest way, which I can understand if not respect. This is just being too lazy to write your own damn posts!

October 27, 2009 8:33 AM

Blogger kathy said...

Emily, Its happened 4 times in the past year or so - to my knowledge. I added a tag that links to my posts.

October 27, 2009 2:19 PM

Anonymous Pam said...

...dirty rotten scoundrels! Hope the site gets taken down soon. Your site has guided me through my first year gardening and this is just plain underhanded. Good luck!

October 27, 2009 8:41 PM

Anonymous Lisa said...

You should definitely contact whoever is hosting that site. They have your newest post up there also. Boo on them!!

October 27, 2009 10:49 PM

Blogger Meagan said...

Just wanted to let you know that yesterday I tracked down their hosting company and reported the site for stealing your and other's content. It seems they've removed your content, but there's plenty of other blog scraping being done there.

You can help fight this by reporting their domain name as spam to GoDaddy, as well as emailing their hosting company,

October 28, 2009 9:10 AM

Blogger Meagan said...

OK, I got a response from the hosting company. You (or any author who has had their content copied) will have to file a DMCA request with the hosting company. The exact instructions are included in an email they have sent me, which I would love to forward to anyone who has had their content copied, so that you guys can take this guy DOWN! Email me at meaganhanes (at) gmail (dot) com and I will forward you the instructions.

October 28, 2009 9:19 AM

Blogger lkw said...

Hi, Kathy-
What I think is so odd is the strange bad translation aspect.

I actually sort of agree with Silli, since I can't imagine why anyone would read those, compared to the original posts.

I haven't looked to see how many of my posts they'd snagged, but the Fall Color Walk seemed awfully flagrant!


October 28, 2009 1:29 PM

Anonymous Fern @ Life on the Balcony said...

The part that I find the most odd is that they don't have ads on the site. Usually content scrapers are using other people's content on sites that they have plastered with GoogleAdSense ads. Why is she stealing your content just to create what looks like a generic personal blog?

November 06, 2009 2:12 AM

Blogger kathy said...

It is odd. I don't know. Maybe he/she has a great plan for the site. I have no idea.

November 06, 2009 2:20 AM


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