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When plagiarism becomes scary

I am not going to make an enormous production out of this post.

It absolutely pains me to have to write publicly about this, because… yuck. I just don’t want to be in this situation.

The fact is, plagiarism? It sucks.

I’ve dealt with image, design, and text-theft several times over the years, but I have a continuing problem with one woman in particular who apparently refuses to stop stealing my content.

I have approached her privately via email from a place of compassion several times. I have asked her kindly to remove stolen content, and even offered her encouragement and tips to help her find confidence in her own voice, yet she continues to steal content from my blog (and others, too.) This has been going on for over a year.

I just want to say that when plagiarism reaches a certain level, it becomes scary, and actually begins to feel like a kind of cyber stalking. I mean, who recreates the photo and everything? I am really at a loss.

I’ve basically begged her to stop — what is the next step? What would you do?

My post: http://dearcrissy.com/baby-laundry/

3 Kids Plus Us Plagiarism

Her post: http://www.3kidsplusus.com/2012/02/29/wordless-wednesday-baby-laundry/

Another example of copy and paste:

My blog post: http://dearcrissy.com/full-term-pregnancy-belly-photo/

Her blog post: http://www.3kidsplusus.com/2012/03/01/full-term-an-elusive-belly-photos/

Like I have time to deal with this!

Would you pursue the issue if you were me, or just ignore it?

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  1. May 5, 2012 @ 8:47 am

    If she is self-hosted I would contact her hosting. I’ve been in this situation before, but thankfully the person changed the post so it wasn’t an exact replica of mine. Its not a nice feeling though!

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  2. May 5, 2012 @ 8:52 am

    I would pursue it but I’m not sure if it would work. She apparently doesn’t care that she’s copying your work or she either wouldn’t have done it to begin with or would have stopped when you asked her to. I think that is just awful and I hope you find a way to stop her!

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  3. May 5, 2012 @ 8:52 am

    That is freaky. I would press the issue, as much as it doesn’t enormously stress you out. I’m sorry you’re dealing with this – you’ve been much nicer than I would have been.

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  4. May 5, 2012 @ 8:54 am

    I’m so sorry this is happening to you. Looks like this is something serious. I like Stacie’s suggestion. I hope you can eventually get her to stop. I’m sure it’s very frustrating. HUGS.

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  5. May 5, 2012 @ 8:57 am

    How h0rrid :( I would try to ignore it, I think; your readers know where to find you, and anyone who tries to engage with her would soon see through the lies (I hope). Is she trying to get advertising money? I just can’t think of any other reason.

    As she’s copying the words, I’m really surprised by her recreating the photos as opposed to just taking yours!

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  6. May 5, 2012 @ 8:58 am

    I would pursue it! She’s obviously trying to ride your coattails and you’ve been nice enough to offer her advice rather than be angry and threatening! She’s blatant about stealing from you! Crazy!! (Feel free to send some advice my way!!) :)

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  7. May 5, 2012 @ 8:58 am

    Oh my word! you need to do something about it that is creepy and stalking and not fair to her readers . Im shocked that someone would copy something at all but the worst part is she actually copied word for word ???

    Hugs
    B

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  8. May 5, 2012 @ 9:00 am
    Star A.

    Omgosh, that is scary! I mean that goes beyond just taking someone pics and claiming them as your own, she is just copying you word for word, wow!! Idk what I’d do in that situation, I’d be pissed but wouldn’t knwo how far I could take it, I mean you’ve already asked her to stop. What else can you do? Hope you figure it out, that is just creepy!!

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  9. May 5, 2012 @ 9:00 am
    Marci Campbell

    Totally creepy!

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  10. May 5, 2012 @ 9:01 am
    Marissa

    Can you file a DCMA? I had to do that with several articles I wrote.

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  11. May 5, 2012 @ 9:01 am

    How did you find out that she stole your soul? Now I’m paranoid! Hahha Jk….kinda……..

    Also how weird, I mean we all hit a blogging bump or two, and getting an idea from someone is one thing, but REALLY?! That’s just stage 1000creepster status right there! Couldn’t she just do a lame slide show or a pinterest dump like the rest of us when we’re a little lost?!

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  12. May 5, 2012 @ 9:02 am

    it strikes me as odd that she actually watermarks her pictures NOT wanting someone to take credit for them ??? but then she steals.. I would link this post on her facebook ..

    Who knows if those are her kids at all .. I had a lady a few years ago that actually stole someone’s still born baby pictures and was telling everyone it was her baby .. :*( .

    B

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    • May 5, 2012 @ 9:08 am
      Marci Campbell

      I was thinking the same thing. It kind of scared me a little to think that those might not even be her kids. There is something wrong with this person.

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    • May 6, 2012 @ 9:48 am

      That’s even more crazy!

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  13. May 5, 2012 @ 9:03 am

    Oh my! That is too weird! I would definitely contact her host – it is so obvious that it is bizarre!

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  14. May 5, 2012 @ 9:03 am

    This is horrifying, especially when you consider that she might be profiting in one way or another from your work! Since you’ve tried to approach her privately via email and showed compassion and she still won’t refrain from stealing from you, you may need to consider legal action. Retain a lawyer who can draft a “cease and desist” letter on your behalf. In the meantime continue to make others aware that what she is passing off as her own is in fact your work. This is so wrong; best of luck to you and I hope the situation gets resolved sooner than later.

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  15. May 5, 2012 @ 9:03 am

    I am sorry that you have to deal with this. I would try to report them as much as possible. You work very hard for your posts, and others should not be allowed to steal them.

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  16. May 5, 2012 @ 9:06 am

    I do notice a lot of similarities in your guys posts, but even when you are quoting or taking something from someone else’s blog or website you have to give credit where it is due. Would you still be upset if she would to say hey I got this great idea for this awesome post from Dear Crissy, and here is the link to her site? I am not sure how I would handle it if someone stole content from my own blog and claimed it to be there own. I would probably do what you have done and contacted them and request that they give me credit or I would start announcing her blog and that she doesn’t even write her own content. Maybe then she will understand things. Not everyone on the net knows that there is a protocol to follow when using content from another site and that is citation and you are only allowed to use two sentences from that site in order for it to be kosher. And you have to use your own words and such, I just learned this is a writing class for class, so I am new to it to. Borrowing or taking content such as a picture, poem, or whatnot from someone else’s site without properly telling where you got it from or got the idea for it is ethically wrong and I would be upset and I would probably find a website from Grammargirl.com or any other writers with the rules for ethics in using someone else’s content and then if she doesn’t get the hint then start making her mistakes known to the public like you just did. :)

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    • May 5, 2012 @ 11:01 am
      Skye Moyer

      There is a difference in stealing idea.. and stealing her life o.O

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    • May 5, 2012 @ 11:57 am

      True, but I did notice a few differences that weren’t in Crissy’s post, such as the actual pictures and also what she wrote below the pictures of what she is going through with this pregnancy something about a bacteria that was not on Crissy original post, but she did copy a few things that were just like Crissy which to me seems weird in that she would copy someone else’s words and put them above the pictures as if it were here own but below write what is going on with her using different language than the above.

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  17. May 5, 2012 @ 9:06 am

    Wow this really stinks! I hate to say this, but maybe she was hoping that you would bring this to light and therefore garner her some attention, even if it is negative. She claims to blog with Integrity, so maybe you could appeal to her in that regard. Otherwise, I think she saw that you guys were following the same pregnancy journey, around the same time, and since she isn’t as eloquent a writer as you, she decided to steal your content. Maybe now that she isn’t pregnant anymore, she’ll stop…I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you!

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  18. May 5, 2012 @ 9:07 am
    Sarah

    The photo thing creeps me out! Sorry u r dealing with this. Wonder if she will copy this post too? I don’t know what I would do, maybe put a link to every original post in her comments along with a “please don’t copy me”

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  19. May 5, 2012 @ 9:07 am

    I’d personally go after her. It’s a lot of work, but, she is STEALING your words and your creativity! Not fair, not ok.

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  20. May 5, 2012 @ 9:08 am
    Barbara J

    Weird. This copycat could be a man or a woman. I would probably contact the State Patrol office, and they would be able to help you or give you advice. Although this is not exactly a crime, it could be considered stalking. The State Patrol works with a lot of computer crimes.

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  21. May 5, 2012 @ 9:09 am
    Cristina

    Wow! Its like she is not even trying!!! At least make an effort lady!!

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  22. May 5, 2012 @ 9:10 am

    what’s creepy is she didn’t even bother to change the kid’s names to her own in the laundry post? I’d contact her host if it’s easy. If not, I’d keep an eye on it and would guess she’s going to either stop or move on to someone else. And it looks like she maybe has stopped that she hasn’t copied from you since March 11? And last but not least, her efforts and blog are AWFUL.

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    • May 7, 2012 @ 5:58 pm

      Honestly? Like, you do know that Aden & Aneis is a brand right!?!?!?!?! just saying, google much?

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  23. May 5, 2012 @ 9:13 am
    Marci Campbell

    It’s funny she has this on her blog http://www.3kidsplusus.com/blog-with-integrity/

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    • May 5, 2012 @ 11:59 am

      Yes that is funny, she must have gotten the clue that it is wrong. Hopefully that will solve the issue.

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  24. May 5, 2012 @ 9:14 am
    Shanna

    That is incredibly creepy of this person. Can you somehow have her IP blocked? This person is demonstrating they have no individual creativity, and therefore they feel that have to steal your entry’s. Very wrong. I’m sorry you are having issues with a person who has no respect for you, let alone themselves. I hope this is resolved soon. I think it may be something you need to contact your attorney about. This is pretty serious.

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  25. May 5, 2012 @ 9:22 am
    Janna Lee

    If you have a copyright on your material, I would sue. She is literally copy and pasting your work. There is protection for blog writers too. It’s time consuming to write this blog and it is your work for which credit is due. She is publishing this all as her own original thoughts. I would contact a lawyer about it and see what you can do.

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  26. May 5, 2012 @ 9:29 am

    What a _____! Seriously- if one has nothing in her own head to say to the world, no experiences of her own to talk about- why have a blog?! I thought it was interesting that she actually has a Copyright badge posted on her blog & a section saying she follows the Blog with Integrity code. Really??!! It’s disgusting that one would do this- especially after repeatedly being asked to stop. You would think that once she knew you were on to her she would quit. I agree with Brooke- it’s almost stalker-ish. I would probably pursue it. Maybe right click disable your blog too so it would be harder for her- she would actually have to go through a bit more to copy it.

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  27. May 5, 2012 @ 9:36 am

    Crissy back last year the same exact thing happened to me. First her videos started out like mine but i said to myself nah Krystel don’t get a big head she isn’t copying you maybe she just has the same topics. Then I went to her site and her about me was like mine , then she copied and pasted my reviews , then she went to freelance.com and sought someone to make her site exactly a replica of mine even mentioning my website name and saying her site must look like mine. Then she created a Facebook fan page utilizing the 101 of my site name.

    The final straw was when she took exclusive content that I was paid to right and was owned by the other site and posted it on her site as if she wrote it. I had to have a cease and desist letter drafted because by that point it creeped me out so bad that I was scared.

    I say confront it legally if you have to , because she is blatantly copying.

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  28. May 5, 2012 @ 9:39 am

    That is horrible. I do hope that she will finally understand that copying content is not okay.

    On the plus side, she has apparently removed the two posts that you linked to.

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  29. May 5, 2012 @ 9:40 am

    Time to “out” her?

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  30. May 5, 2012 @ 9:42 am

    This definitely got her attention, because she is pulling the posts down. Have you filed a DCMA takedown? That should solve the problem. Her host will shut her down.

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  31. May 5, 2012 @ 9:42 am

    That’s horrible!! I can’t believe people can’t be creative on their own! Sorry you have to deal with such nonsense

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  32. May 5, 2012 @ 9:45 am
    Amy

    I agree with others about contacting her hosting company.

    Your site is your business. Your words are YOUR work. She is stealing YOUR work. That is not okay. A “Cease and desist” letter from an attorney might be necessary.

    It’s one thing to be kind and compassionate, it’s another to be a doormat. I think you’ve been above and beyond patient. It’s probably time to show some tough love.

    All that aside, I have never understood what makes people do things like this.

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  33. May 5, 2012 @ 9:47 am

    I’m with you on this! I can understand with the photo inspiration, but the verbatim plagiarism is indeed a violation. Think she’s desperate for some Google PR. You can report this to Google admin so her blog will be excluded from the search engine.

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  34. May 5, 2012 @ 9:49 am

    I would definitely pursue it and Stacie is on the right track. Contact her web host and advise them of the problem. See if they will intervene.

    Good luck! We’ve all be scraped and plagiarized, and the battle goes on, but if we just sit back and ignore it, things will only get worse!

    JHS
    Colloqium

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  35. May 5, 2012 @ 9:50 am

    Geez, I would have thought to at least change the wording a bit :-)
    Joking aside, that is completely blatant. Not hidden, not coy or sly, just completely exact so she KNOWS what she’s doing is wrong. And, if I’m not mistaken, it looks at though she’s taken the posts down. Wow. I’m super curious, though, how you were able to find this. Perhaps we all should be watching out own backs – lesson of the day!

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  36. May 5, 2012 @ 9:50 am

    Out her and pursue legal action. It is one thing to take someone’s idea and do the same and say where the idea came from and maybe linking back. But to blatantly copy someone’s post, word for word? That’s just rude. I bet she thinks because of the pictures are her own, she is in the clear. The links to the two post you listed are now not available…

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  37. May 5, 2012 @ 9:56 am

    What really IRKS me is that she has this on her site: http://www.3kidsplusus.com/blog-with-integrity/

    C’mon! You say that you “blog with integrity” but copy others’ content. Really. Do people think that this won’t get noticed?

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  38. May 5, 2012 @ 9:56 am

    This is so similar to that girl from Babble a couple months back. The one who claimed that it was just pregnancy confusion, and due to the fact that she was “only 25″ and such. BUT – if you’ve been blogging for more than a few months, you know that copy and pasting is not ok. Heck, we all find inspiration in other bloggers posts. I’ve often written that “after reading xyz post from bloggy buddy link here, I wanted to discuss blah blah…” You know?

    But – I find it absolutely incredible that anyone, anywhere, anytime, would steal someone’s thoughts about pregnancy. That totally gets into creepy territory. Pregnancy is such an amazingly personal thing – how could you not have your own thoughts on it?

    There is NOTHING wrong with publicly outing her here – if asking nicely, educating firmly, and waiting patiently hasn’t helped – then it’s time to shame publicly. Sad, but true.

    Good luck with this Crissy! I feel like this might embarrass her enough that she’ll stop stealing your content since she knows that others will be watching…. But she’ll most likely just pretend to have someone else’s pregnancy next.

    So so so weird. Why start a blog if you don’t have your own thoughts to share?

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    • May 6, 2012 @ 11:59 pm

      You learn that copying and pasting is wrong in SCHOOL – nevermind if you blog or not. This is unacceptable and CREEPY!

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  39. May 5, 2012 @ 9:56 am
    Starla J

    She must have deleted her blog posts because the links aren’t working.

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  40. May 5, 2012 @ 10:01 am

    that second one is down right scary? :( ick ick ick.

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  41. May 5, 2012 @ 10:06 am

    That’s craziness. I’d keep posting the blog links to her blog and exposing it. As a fellow blogger, I work hard on my posts and I’d be PISSED if someone ripped me off!

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  42. May 5, 2012 @ 10:07 am
    Melissa

    Wow. Just wow. I think the word “creepy” doesn’t even cover how wierd that really is. And how she recreated the picture of the laundry. Wow.

    My husband always says when someone copies you, it’s the sincerest form of flattery but I’m sure you could definetly do without her flattery! So sorry this is happening :(

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  43. May 5, 2012 @ 10:07 am

    How horrible for you to have to deal with. I woul definitely consider contacting her hosting company. Hope this all ends for you soon

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  44. May 5, 2012 @ 10:10 am

    I think (hope) this may be settled now. The two posts you linked to aren’t there any more. Perhaps she saw this post and was embarrassed enough to remove her copied posts. (If there are more posts, if you post the links maybe she’ll take those down, too.)

    FWIW, you don’t have to post a copyright notice – your words are copyrighted without it. But it wouldn’t hurt. And it’s always wise to give credit to the source when quoting (or note that you don’t know who said it, which tells people it wasn’t you).

    Here’s an interesting note on copyright: (quote from site) Somebody infringed my copyright. What can I do?
    A party may seek to protect his or her copyrights against unauthorized use by filing a civil lawsuit in federal district court. If you believe that your copyright has been infringed, consult an attorney. In cases of willful infringement for profit, the U.S. Attorney may initiate a criminal investigation. (end quote)
    http://www.copyright.gov/help/faq/faq-fairuse.html#infringed

    I would say that site qualifies as a site for profit, since she says she’ll do cash advertising, paid sponsorship, etc. If the problem isn’t resolved, maybe check with the U.S. Attorney’s office.

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  45. May 5, 2012 @ 10:17 am

    My mouth dropped and big question mark face all over! Why in the world!? Sorry girl that this is happening.

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  46. May 5, 2012 @ 10:30 am

    You need to do something about this! It not like she’s taking just a little bit she’s copying everything!

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  47. May 5, 2012 @ 10:33 am

    I can’t even find the pages so looks like she took ‘em down! Yay! :D

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  48. May 5, 2012 @ 10:34 am

    Looks like she took the posts down. Good for her.

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  49. May 5, 2012 @ 10:39 am

    I would fight it. Contact her webhost and cite DCMA. They can take down her site for violating your copyrights.

    Because really… that is just beyond creepy.

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  50. May 5, 2012 @ 10:40 am

    I’d go after her, I’ve always enjoyed reading blogs because of ‘who’ the writers are and their great personalities. (like yours :) Sad that she can’t be herself. Sad that you have to go through this. Good luck whatever you decide to do!

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  51. May 5, 2012 @ 10:43 am

    That’s creepy Crissy:( I hopped over to her blog and what really bothers me is that at the bottom of her blog she has one of those Copywrite signs..where she protects her own work..That’s jus not right!

    I’m a newbie so I don’t know about pursuing.. If someone doesn’t get it with all the help you’ve tried to give her..pursuing may not help..

    Just my humble opinion..ignore her..her blog is not very interesting and you ROCK! So guess who wins :)

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  52. May 5, 2012 @ 10:52 am
    Sharon

    Crissy,

    I recently read a post from a blogger who was having the same problem. I thought it might be helpful for you to know how she handled it: http://www.home-ec101.com/teachable-moment-copyright/

    I would definitely pursue this. Good luck!

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  53. May 5, 2012 @ 11:09 am
    tiffany Kinsella

    I am so sorry darling. This sounds like a case of a sad miserable woman. I have seen some women even steal pictures off the internet and say it’s their baby! Why someone would be so sick is beyond me! I wouldn’t know what you could do. Is it possible to block and delete her in some way?! This IS a crime and you have photos to prove it, maybe talk to a deputy and see what they say about it. It’s allot like identity theft and it’s scary!

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  54. May 5, 2012 @ 11:10 am

    That is just strange. I would definitely go after her. Not sure how, but that is not right. Hopefully, no reasonable brand will work with her for anything.

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  55. May 5, 2012 @ 11:11 am
    USAJon

    watermark images/encode within wordage post
    get a laywer when it’s used/claim infringement
    donate $$$ to your faveroite cause

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  56. May 5, 2012 @ 11:12 am
    Tazim

    At my work we have a question, when people are interviewed. . . What would you do if you were a manager and found out someone stole a chocolate bar? The answer to get you hired is that you’d immediately fire them. I think in this situation, you too need to take extreme action. I like other people’s suggestion about the cease and desist letter!

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  57. May 5, 2012 @ 11:17 am
    Ashley

    When I went to look at the blog postings of hers they are gone. Plus I noticed she has a my free copyright thing at the bottom of her blog page! If you dont have that maybe look into doing that and maybe she will stop doing it then.

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  58. May 5, 2012 @ 11:17 am

    I would do everything I could legally to stop her. Perhaps you should also comment on her blog on every single thing that she stole *This content STOLEN from DearCrissy.com* repeatedly..she removes it, you repost it. Maybe you could even put a link to the original article and leave a snarky comment like *Thanks for the great content, but it can be found as ORIGINAL content here at …..* Good luck!

    Dawn
    http://www.cheapisthenewclassy.com

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  59. May 5, 2012 @ 11:21 am

    Oh that stinks! There has just been a HUGE thing in the book blogging community with a very well established blogger plagiarizing other blogs (yes, plural). That has been a shock to all of us book bloggers as you can probably imagine.
    Though it really doesn’t matter what kind of blog you have – stealing content is NOT ok and I can hardly believe this “person” has been doing that for a year now!? I admire you for keeping things so well, nice, because I would have let loose the hounds of Hell (the beagles of a friend of mine, which might not sound threatening until you get to know them) after the second offence.
    What to do? It really depends on the platform she’s on. If it’s a blogger site than you can report it, but I don’t know about wordpress or self hosted blogs. In case she’s got sponsors on her blog I’d recommend contacting those and telling them that they are supporting someone who steals blog content. That might seem like taking it too far, but hey, you’re the victim and by what I’ve learned about you through your blog so far I’m sure you’d keep such an e-mail professional and my bet is that they will listen to your side of the story.
    Hoping for the best and keeping my fingers crossed for you :-)!

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  60. May 5, 2012 @ 11:22 am
    janackeh klein

    Yep..I too find it funny she has this on her blog : http://www.3kidsplusus.com/blog-with-integrity/

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  61. May 5, 2012 @ 11:23 am
    Not my real name for obvious reasons

    Yes, this happened to me and it was awful. Worse yet, the community we share started to share his copies of my work and if I pointed it out, they would defend him even after I showed them the dates of publishing. If people don’t write original content, they can’t understand what it feels like.

    This person also stole the layout for my blog and then friended all of my fans on FB and stole them so he could share his copies of my work with them.

    Why would someone do this? For the money. It’s called content scraping and it’s the lowest form of life on the Internet. Why readers would defend such behavior is beyond me. I had to send my stalker a cease and desist letter, but he just denied he was doing anything so then I sent copies of the proof (his IP address reading my articles and publishing them hours later). That didn’t stop him so then I filed a DMCA complaint which is what you should do first.

    Also, if you are in CA, the law is very strict there now. This person could end up in jail.

    File a DMCA complaint and then double down your security because if she’s like the people I’ve dealt with, she’ll attack you and your site for calling out her theft. Be prepared for this person to get nasty against you on Twitter, FB, etc in retaliation for not letting them copy from you anymore.

    Plagiarism is against the law. They will force her to take those posts down if they find that she copied you. Send her host the screengrabs and links too. She’ll just switch hosts, but at least she will leave you alone.

    See, you could sue the host for hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages (you’d have to prove parts of your case obviously). So, they don’t like to host content scrapers, spammers, and thieves.

    Good luck!

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  62. May 5, 2012 @ 11:25 am
    A.Smith

    Don’t even kid yourself for a second that you can ignore it. You have to stand up for your property to give other less common bloggers the courage to do so also. That’s your time she’s stealing and basically your life. I don’t even know what else to say I’m so horrified for you. Shame on her – pursue it until you get justice because I bet there are more vultures circling out there doing this to other bloggers who don’t even know it.

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  63. May 5, 2012 @ 11:28 am

    Okay that is bizarre. Recreating images when copy pasting everything else… Wow. So sorry :(

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  64. May 5, 2012 @ 11:28 am

    OMG she’s a loser!so far I have not experienced this, but I heard you can report it to Adsense If she’s running their ads or something to that nature. I hope she will stop soon, this is so pathetic and really creepy…

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  65. May 5, 2012 @ 11:41 am

    It sounds like she’ trying to curate your content (a good thing for you) without giving you the proper attribution (bad thing).

    It truly sucks to have your content robbed like this, but let’s look at another angle of this. I’m just wondering if she really knows what she’s doing or thinks that its ok to “borrow” content, which it isn’t unless she gives you the credit for it. Even then you might not let her. Don’t be surprised by this, there are many that think the internet is public domain.

    Good luck with whichever way to resolve this, but it looks like those posts are down now.

    Mike

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  66. May 5, 2012 @ 11:49 am

    Sending a cease and desist letter should be the first thing you do, if nothing else. It leaves a beginning paper trail legally (which your emails to her also are) for documents. The screen caps and obvious copyright violations she’s commiting even after a date of you emailing her shows that she willfully commited a crime even after being brought to its attention. She may think that because it’s the internet and “just a blog” that she’s going to skate free with this sort of activity. But when she’s PROFITING from her website, or offering giveaway’s…she’s entered a really bad place to be for a thief. Especially when she’s stealing from you, a person well established who makes their living on this blog. You can sue her for loss of wages, copyright infringement, have her site shut down completely, etc.

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    That’s the whois info. She uses fasthost/bluehost. Contact them, show them your screencaps. As her host they are legally obligated to put an end to illegal activity.

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  67. May 5, 2012 @ 11:49 am
    Jen

    When you’re posting free content online you automatically run the risk of content theft by a crazy person (it happened to me). The most important thing is to know the law and pursue her to the extent that it’s legal.

    If you have done your best and she still is not compliant then you should let it go. Bloggers take a risk by publishing publicly for free and the risk was accepted by you the moment you published your blog.

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    • May 5, 2012 @ 11:58 am

      I’ve never heard of this “risk acceptance” you’re speaking of. So anytime we post something on a paid blog or write for an online magazine or website we should just accept that our words will be stolen and BE OK with that? It’s one thing if a teenager quotes you on a website, or retumlr’s something you posted. It’s another beast entirely to RUN A BLOG and claim your wrote and take ownership is obviously plagiarized material.

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    • May 5, 2012 @ 12:13 pm
      Jen

      Don’t convolute my words. I said pursue to the extent it is legal, then accept the outcome.

      Do you best. Don’t be illegal. Accept what you cannot control if you’ve done your due diligence.

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  68. May 5, 2012 @ 12:02 pm

    Hahaha, she JUST took the “Integrity” post down. She must be on a mad dash to remove the posts you’ve noticed. YOU’LL HAVE TO TAKE THE WHOLE SITE DOWN, SWEETHEART. Because it looks like she’s thieving from at least 4 other blogs but using yours as her great backbone.

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    • May 5, 2012 @ 12:05 pm

      Spoke too soon, she took it ALL down. All the posts are now gone. The smartest thing she’s done to date. Doesn’t mean she’s not legally responsible for the laws she already BROKE. But it’s a start to not digging her own hole even deeper. I am assuming in a few months she’ll have an all new domain and site up. Not that it won’t be easy to find, since everything she posts seems to be a completely rip-off

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  69. May 5, 2012 @ 12:09 pm

    Wow! She took it down now. I didn’t know people would do something like this.

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  70. May 5, 2012 @ 12:09 pm
    Quentin

    It looks like she pulled those ones down now? Or it possible she’ll repost them after this article / topic subsides?

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  71. May 5, 2012 @ 12:10 pm

    As of right now, it looks like she has removed all posts from her blog. Probably as a result of this post! I can’t imagine it being entirely coincidental. Hopefully she realizes what she did was wrong and won’t go on to start a new blog and try it again. Sometimes people who do this have a legitimate problem and the cycle just continues. So sad.

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  72. May 5, 2012 @ 12:19 pm

    I would say block her IP address. Here is one site that gives some info; http://blogmoney1.blogspot.ca/2007/06/how-to-block-ip-address.html

    You may have to search for a better site, but I would get it done. That is plain ridiculous.

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  73. May 5, 2012 @ 12:27 pm

    Looks like she pulled all the content. The creepiest thing to me is not cutting and pasting your words–that’s easy– but arranging her laundry to look like yours? That takes time and effort-much more stalkerish.

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  74. May 5, 2012 @ 12:39 pm

    Just keep doing what you’re doing. It is obviously working! :)

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  75. May 5, 2012 @ 12:42 pm
    elizabeth zayden

    I’d say that its a tricky situation but you do have proof that she copied you. I would pursue it. I don’t understand why people believe that they can do this stuff online. What happened to internet etiquette?

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  76. May 5, 2012 @ 12:48 pm
    Denise Collins

    Well it looks like making this public made her stop. I just went to her site and all articles are GONE!!!!!! I’m so sorry this happened to you Crissy.

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  77. May 5, 2012 @ 12:57 pm
    Karina Lee

    Honestly, if she doesn’t stop I would contact authorities. She’s doing something illegal and she knows it. If her own conscious won’t stop her, maybe police can

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  78. May 5, 2012 @ 1:00 pm
    Stacy

    I am dealing with the exact same thing with the same person right now… Just the plagarism part… I think. Could you please email me at the address i provided? I have some questions for you. Thanks!

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  79. May 5, 2012 @ 1:08 pm
    Stacy

    I am guessing ahe took it all down because she and I have been in touch multiple times this morning, and I called her out on plagarizing me. I wish i had looked more closely, because i am pretty sure she used ine of my u/s pics…

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  80. May 5, 2012 @ 1:08 pm

    Yes, I would pursue action against her. When we were living in Uruguay, we had another site stealing all of our posts, including photos. We had to pursue it and they eventually ended up taking down the articles. Here’s an article with some tips to try:
    http://www.orbitmedia.com/blog/web-content-plagiarism

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  81. May 5, 2012 @ 1:09 pm

    I have pursued a similar situation and you should absolutely pursue this! I’m so sorry you are having to deal with this!

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  82. May 5, 2012 @ 1:18 pm
    Emily L

    That’s just creepy. The way she recreated your photos is actually creepier than if she had just used your originals. I think you handled it the right way- ask her privately to stop, and if that doesn’t work, a public shaming is in order. It seems to have worked.

    I wouldn’t spend any money on pursuing it unless her site is really affecting your bottom line. She’s not worth it.

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  83. May 5, 2012 @ 1:32 pm
    Deena

    Looks like she pulled all her posts. It’s scary and freaky – Is she a Mother? Makes you wonder first why people do these things and second, if those are really her kids…

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  84. May 5, 2012 @ 1:46 pm

    I have been inspired by other’s blog posts to write about a similar topic but have never once, nor would I ever think about, stealing word-for-word from other bloggers. What is the point? If you can not come up with unique content on your own personal blog, why are you blogging?

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  85. May 5, 2012 @ 1:59 pm
    Morgan

    I would consider legal advice at this point. It’s illegal, and you could get the website shut down and could possibly sue her civilly.

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  86. May 5, 2012 @ 2:05 pm

    It appears her blog is gone! I hope that resolves your issues! Hugs!

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  87. May 5, 2012 @ 2:11 pm

    That’s a tough one. I recall being an Art Director for an ad agency once and having my design ripped off by another agency. I was kind of flattered, but it seems as though this individual is blatantly steeling your work. I also do photography and had someone rip off my work and add it to their site as though they took the photos. After threatening them with a law suit, they took the images down. Maybe that’s the avenue you need to take. Or, just send them a bill for your ideas. ;) I wish you the best. Would love to see a follow-up on what happens.

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  88. May 5, 2012 @ 2:42 pm
    Krista Ballard

    Creepy!!!!

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  89. May 5, 2012 @ 2:52 pm

    I agree. That is totally creepy. Sorry you have to deal with this. Do whatever you have to do to take her down!

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  90. May 5, 2012 @ 2:58 pm

    I personally would report it. It IS illegal and people can be put in jail for it. I’ve had someone copy from me too and doesn’t just upset me, it makes me angry. I put a lot of time and hard work into my posts and I’m not just going to sit around watching someone steal my work. Do not let this person continue to steal your stuff. I am so sorry you have to go through this, and at the extent. The person who copied me just copied and pasted a few lines here and there in her reviews; but not like what’s happening here. It’s totally up to you (obviously) what you do, but I strongly encourage you to stop her by reporting it.

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  91. May 5, 2012 @ 3:12 pm

    Glad to see her site is down. I would echo what a few others said. If it were to happen again, send a cease and desist letter. I learned back in college that if I were to so much as scribble on a piece of paper, that I own the copyright to that image. So, you better believe that every aspect of this blog belongs to you.

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  92. May 5, 2012 @ 3:38 pm

    Maybe its time to blast her name out for everyone to see. Write a post specifically targeting her, her site, and her online presence?
    I don’t know if that’s the best way or even a good way but at this point, if she’s taking everything you have, what choice do you have?

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  93. May 5, 2012 @ 3:40 pm
    Amanda Alvarado

    That is just creepy! I would definitely pursue legal action esp if you have copyrighted your posts!

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  94. May 5, 2012 @ 3:42 pm

    Ick ick ick ick ick.

    I am sorry Crissy.

    ICK.

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  95. May 5, 2012 @ 3:52 pm
    Carmen

    Actually, I wonder if she was really the one that took down the web posts. The page that comes up now is for her web hosting. So maybe they took action?

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  96. May 5, 2012 @ 4:14 pm

    Wow! I thought you meant content as in a regular type of post, not something so personal. She’s basically a fraud who wants to be you. I’d call her out on your blog. She want’s the attention so bad to lie about being pregnant and everything else she does. Show everyone who she is in hopes that it will make a bigger effect. That’s ridic. I’m so sorry for you.

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  97. May 5, 2012 @ 4:17 pm

    I find this to be so incredibly disturbing. That she went out of her way to recreate your image – an image that happens to be a personal and intimate glimpse into your life – is so very scary to me. It seems to go beyond plagiarism. It seems to have crossed into “I am Crissy” territory. That’s scary as hell!

    Sorry for not offering any constructive advice. I’m just really disturbed for you.

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  98. May 5, 2012 @ 4:31 pm

    Well, it looks like she’s finally taken her site down. I can’t believe someone would just straight up STEAL content!

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  99. May 5, 2012 @ 4:37 pm

    I am am sorry you are experincing this — I would persue it. A year! That’s crazy! It’s just not right. Maybe she will take the hint finally. The pregnancy link of her’s leads me elsewhere not a blog FYI. Fight for your hard work, it’s YOUR work, time and efforts. :)

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  100. May 5, 2012 @ 5:30 pm

    That is the weirdest thing I’ve ever seen! Her site is gone now so obviously something happened?

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  101. May 5, 2012 @ 5:40 pm

    ay ay ay….sheesh. I’m not sure what I’d do after numerous attempts. One thing you could do is out her publicly. Not from a place of mean-ness or revenge. My supervisor always says that what is done in public should be addressed in public. If you link to her or call her out on FB or something, the chances of that happening would be slimmer.

    …and of course you could always try to get the law on your side due to copyright infringement, but goodness, who wants to do that?

    Either way, so sorry to hear about this. It’s a bit annoying to have to go this far after you’ve all ready once or twice addressed and even encouraged her.

    deep breaths for you, sis!

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  102. May 5, 2012 @ 7:38 pm

    So not cool. I see her blog doesn’t exist anymore or she’s changed the address. Hopefully she gets to point now. If I were her, I’d be embarrassed.

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  103. May 5, 2012 @ 8:09 pm
    Sharee

    You guys are all talking because of what has been posted but yet she hasn’t been 100% honest either. These two ladies are kind of related by their husbands. They both have their own blogs and yes some things are similiar but how do you know it’s not the other way around? I see dates on 3kidsplusus but not on the others. Don’t be so quick to judge if you do not know the whole story. Maybe she deleted her page because of the constant drama going on over a simple blog.

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    • May 5, 2012 @ 9:28 pm
      K.D.

      Are you for real Sharee?! What person goes out of their way to out someone who is clearly frustrated if she was the one doing the copying? Not everyone has dates on their blog posts, sometimes people want their posts to look more current. Also, with some platforms even if you wrote a post in 2009, when you update even a spelling mistake, it updates the date to the most recent version so that doesn’t really tell us much either.

      Personally, I include the date with my posts because I’ve dealt with content theft in the past and it’s very frustrating! One was an author ready to release a new book and when I found the article she stole from me WORD FOR WORD. I threatened to let all of her readers know what she had done and what kind of author she really was. Then there are others who steal your content and just change a few words, equally annoying when they started a blog way after you and are clearly trying to emulate you. While some say it’s a compliment to be admired, I don’t feel it is.

      I’d be a bit more empathetic, if you ever experience it, you’ll understand how it feels.

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  104. May 5, 2012 @ 9:21 pm
    K.D.

    Um, how creepy is that!! Detail for detail and word for word. Wow, someone needs to get a life and some creativity!

    Well, it appears that your post has worked because when I clicked on her links it only shows her hosting company, her site is shut down. Probably just temporary. Good on you for outing her!! :)

    I’ve had people steal my content and it is maddening!

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  105. May 5, 2012 @ 9:22 pm

    That is a bad case of plagiarism. I think she/he is using an auto bot copy paste program. Just like what happened to a friend’s site. It was a bad case of copy paste. Everything he writes was being auto copy paste by that other clone.

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  106. May 6, 2012 @ 2:46 am

    Oh my goodness. They are completely ripping you off!

    Do they use google adsense?

    You can report them for stolen content and at least they wont make any money off your work.

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  107. May 6, 2012 @ 7:19 am
    Eileen

    It is word theft Crissy…and considering this is your BUSINESS, meaning your financial life is affected, it is time to get an attorney. Pictures, you know this is considered art but people think WRITING is different? It’ s not. It’s often someone’s livelihood and many times very personal. I would consider this creeepy and stalking. C’mon, this woman was the SAME gestation as you when she posted? Exactly? I have heard on one site that a person used another’s child’s photo on a blog AS HER OWN, and I don’t get it!!! Do some bloggers have to lie about things like this in order to get “business” and pitches for certain products they want? Do some really go to those lengths and to steal from others?

    In others defense, in the world of motherhood, sales, relationship, etc…all the things people wish to write about, sometimes people DO have the same topic ideas and come up with the VERY same product names, etc. Think about how hard it is to come up with a blog name even, I have considered many I thought were clever and fun, only to find the name and/or website was already taken. Name for a business…taken. BUT, this was word for word, picture for picture. Stop the stalk. It’s very unprofessional and downright scary. I am sorry you and others have to go through this. Someone that goes to this length has some real issues , and I dont’ mean that to be harsh. This person appears to not have a problem only with confidence issues. Wow.

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  108. May 6, 2012 @ 7:26 am
    Lori

    I have had someone steal my work and put their own name on it. I had my daughter, who is a paralegal , and working in a law office, send them a letter. You should send a cease and desist letter to this person via email and/or postal mail. You can also report it to the host of her blog and if they determine this person has stolen your cantent, they will remove. Don’t let people get away with this! You work too hard on this blog to let someone come along and steal it from you! And always put watermarks on your photos. This website may be helpful to you. http://www.plagiarismtoday.com/stock-letters/ Best of luck, and stand your ground! Add copyscape to your blog if you haven’t already. It will let you know when someone has stolen your content. Just be sure not to copy and paste anything from their site, and be careful about posting links, because accusing someone of something in public can backfire on you legally. Keep us informed and email me if you have questions I can always ask my daughter.

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  109. May 6, 2012 @ 7:28 am
    Joey Fortman

    Oh.my.gosh. That is insane!!!!!

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  110. May 6, 2012 @ 7:29 am

    Just went to her site and it’s totally down. You must have ruined her life!!! Lol

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  111. May 6, 2012 @ 7:39 am

    Just like others have said I would pursue it too. I could completly see why you are feeling stalked, in a very real way you are. I’m so sorry you have to go through this. Is it possible to contact Google to have her shut down. Isn’t she violating the “no duplicate content” standard. My thoughts are with you. I realize this is the last thing you need to deal with. Take care.

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  112. May 6, 2012 @ 7:41 am
    Carrie Phelps

    With the above examples you’ve supplied I have to agree; cyber stalking. It’s SO creepy. I’m so sorry this is happening to you and wish I could offer advice. I can’t but it looks like some great blog hosts here are. Good luck!

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  113. May 6, 2012 @ 7:53 am
    Debbie Cahoon

    If this woman is at such a loss as to what to say on her blog site she should not of started it up to begin with. Secondly there has to be something that everyone can do to put a stop to this. Get together and send in a petition to someone on the internet that controls this sort of thing to either let her know that she either stops or she will lose her blog site. This is utterly ridiculous and NOBODY should have to put up with this. It’s along the lines of identity theft as far as I’m concerned. But this is only my thoughts on the matter. I’m very sorry that you are all going through this because of a woman without an imagination or a mind of her own!

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  114. May 6, 2012 @ 8:01 am

    It is cyber stalking you and should probably pursue legal action. How awful. Sorry your going through it

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  115. May 6, 2012 @ 8:08 am
    Jeff Legg

    I’m not a blogger at this point, but I am a reader and a fan. Theft is theft. As some have suggested I’m sure you all get ideas from each others blogs, but this is theft plain and simple and probably won’t stop unless you push the issue as far as you can. Shame on that person. Get a life, your own that is.

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  116. May 6, 2012 @ 8:13 am

    Crissy, the first thing I would do is to edit out the links to this person’s site. Why reward bad behavior with an increase in her traffic & page views?

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  117. May 6, 2012 @ 8:14 am
    Nikki

    I am not a blogger, just a fan of many, so forgive my ignorance in asking this question. How do you find out when someone has stolen your content? Do you hear it through the grapevine? Do you actively do searches for it?

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  118. May 6, 2012 @ 8:34 am

    That is scary!

    Fortunately, it looks like, for now, she’s shut down her blog. So hopefully you won’t have to deal with the problem for a while. I wouldn’t be surprised if she re-surfaced with another blog, and did the same thing though. So I’d be on the lookout, and I’ll definitely keep an eye open for you though.

    Fortunately, I haven’t dealt with any plagiarizing yet (to my knowledge.) But I wouldn’t know the proper action to take. I guess legal action, if she continued to refuse, and steal from you.

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  119. May 6, 2012 @ 9:33 am

    I might pursue something legally. That’s INSANE. I clicked on the links and it looks as though she is shut down. Did something happen?

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  120. May 6, 2012 @ 9:43 am

    Looks like her page is gone. Good.

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  121. May 6, 2012 @ 9:44 am
    Nancy Reid

    Your work product deserves respect. Please don’t hesitate to point out “any” thefts. You loyal readers support and applaud your decision to take any and all action to protect it.

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  122. May 6, 2012 @ 9:44 am

    Is be blocking her IP address from my site along with getting her site taken down by her host. She is sick for stalking you like this. I wonder if she is even pregnant. People can be very disturbed sometimes.

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  123. May 6, 2012 @ 9:59 am
    Kristin McKinley

    OK the laundry thing is just creepy… Copy and paste is one thing, yes it’s horrible but it can be chalked up to a person with low self esteem, or somebody who just doesn’t know any better (if that’s possible?!) But re-creating a picture like that? No. That’s just weird. And scary. I would persue it and take measures to ensure that this person knows how serious you are about not letting her continue to do this.

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  124. May 6, 2012 @ 10:05 am

    This woman is just sick and weird!! Why would you do something like that? There has to be some way to make her stop. Is there a way to block her for visiting you site?

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  125. May 6, 2012 @ 10:11 am
    Elle

    Wow, that was scary! The site seems to have already been taken down.

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    • May 6, 2012 @ 10:55 am

      This woman is psyco and needs to get her OWN life! We fellow bloggers that read your blog will be on the watch out if she opens another blog and continues to do the same thing!

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  126. May 6, 2012 @ 10:29 am
    sandy

    To me, this is too creepy for words – especially the fact that she doesn’t change the name of the children – that would bother me a whole bunch. I don’t know what you can do and I don’t what to be an instigator but this is like things you hear about on TV. Do you really know who this person is or where she lives? She maybe harmless but I would just weigh my options. The fact that she uses the children’s names is the thing that would both me the very most!

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    • May 6, 2012 @ 10:35 am
      sandy

      Ok, talk about a blond moment and I am not even blond – but I still think it is truly creepy and you should pursue getting her to stop because if it went on for a year – there is no indication that it will stop now!

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  127. May 6, 2012 @ 10:42 am

    Unbelievable. The site’s been deleted, but that doesn’t mean she won’t just buy a new domain and start over. What I can’t get past is that in the time it took her to go out and buy Carter’s t-shirts and Aden+Anais blankets to recreate your photo, she could have, you know, thought up her OWN PHOTO.

    In 7 years of blogging I’ve gone through major bouts of writer’s block, and it never once occurred to me to copy someone else’s work and pass it off as my own. I’d definitely watch for a new site to pop up with your content and pursue it as much as you have to. So sorry you are going through this!

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  128. May 6, 2012 @ 10:44 am

    100% pursue, what a jerk. I don’t even understand her point. What does she get out of copying you or anyone else?

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  129. May 6, 2012 @ 11:03 am

    Looks like the power of your readers got the site down. The whole site is down now! Hopefully she won’t be a problem any more!

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  130. May 6, 2012 @ 11:49 am
    Anastasia B

    Wow, some people have serious issues! Virtually copying someone else’s life online? Creepy. Not surprising though considering copying others is basically taught in public school. Some people are depressed at not having a life of their own and go to such extremes. Looks like the site is down though :)

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  131. May 6, 2012 @ 11:51 am
    Pam

    Holy crap. That is serious and scary! You definitely need to report her to the police. This is definitely not normal behavior. This person is definitely stalking you (http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyberstalking#_ ) and you need to report her. ( http://www.cyberstalking.ca/) I attached a link to the Canadian agency, but I’m sure you can find the proper authorities for your jurisdiction.

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  132. May 6, 2012 @ 12:36 pm

    Wow, she sounds pathetic! I can’t understand what her motives are. I am sure there are laws against this. I am sorry this is happening to you.

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  133. May 6, 2012 @ 12:38 pm
    Jody

    While I normally quietly enjoy your blog, I felt compelled to comment on this post. A few years ago I had a similar situation where a person was actually taking pictures of my daughter from my blog and posting them as her own. That was very scary and I did pursue it only to find out once you put something on the internet anyone can take it and as much as it sucks you can’t do anything about it. You can, however, do something if the person stealing is making a profit from the content they are stealing. The angle there would be does she have sponsors on her web-site? If so, I would think that would be monetary gain and grounds to pursue. It a head ache to deal with but since you’ve been in contact with her it should make it a lot easier for the police. The scary part is if she is stealing your content now, what happens when you have you baby and what if it escalates? Pursue it!

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  134. May 6, 2012 @ 1:00 pm
    Rust

    Her site is down. (I sure hope it is because you reported her and her hosting site took action.)

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  135. May 6, 2012 @ 1:17 pm
    lisa l.

    Spill the beans publicly. Call her out. Stop being nice …Tell who she is, bring her down..

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  136. May 6, 2012 @ 1:20 pm
    lisa

    Sounds like you have been more than kind. It IS kind of spooky! Is there any thing you can do legally? Good luck!

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  137. May 6, 2012 @ 2:34 pm

    WOW!!!! Completely cut, copy and paste, same pictures, same wording…… WOW!!!! WHY!?? Why do you want to post about someone else’s life?? I’m just blown away!! WOWOW!!
    I am even stuttering through this comment…… I can’t even think of what to say…. except WOW!!
    Bravo to you for putting her information on here so she knows A LOT of your loyal fans will be watching her and protecting you!
    (Okay one more WOW!!)

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  138. May 6, 2012 @ 2:51 pm

    Public exposure (just do it on Twitter, no need for a full post every time) and, yeah, a C&D letter. Much as it pains me to say it.

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  139. May 6, 2012 @ 2:57 pm
    Thuy Vu

    We have your back Crissy. I checked and her blog has been pulled. It should be pursued because she is stealing your original ideas. I am sorry but writing takes thought and time, and these things are irreplaceable. What she should have done if she liked the post was ask for your permission to repost it and link it directly back to your site, and last give credits to you. Of course this is only if you consented.

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  140. May 6, 2012 @ 3:13 pm
    jules p

    I have to say, when I first started reading this, I thought whomever is “using your stuff” was possibly changing the wording around, different color pics, etc. But girl…when I read what the thief wrote…well, that is what it is…she is being a thief. To not even change the names of the children?!?!? Okay, maybe she has named her kids the same name as you…but I really don’t believe it.
    And I guess, as much as I would want you to be mad at her…I feel REALLY sorry for her. That she is so lame, so ignorant, and so SUPER lazy that she would steal what you type word for word…that is pitiful!!!

    Also, Your readers know you..and know your words are exactly that (your words). So maybe ignore her, turn the other cheek etc.

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  141. May 6, 2012 @ 4:05 pm
    Ravzie

    I hope that’s over for good, but I expect a lazy thief like her will be stealing from others again before too long. Good luck, hon.

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  142. May 6, 2012 @ 4:06 pm

    I would continue to pursue the issue and if it doesn’t stop, maybe contact the blog platform that this person is under or Google and let them know what’s going on; even give them these pictures and screenshots as proof!

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  143. May 6, 2012 @ 4:28 pm

    I am not sure why you are being so nice to someone who is stealing from you. You need Copyscape (or a similar program) to find out who is stealing your work. You need to learn how to send a DMCA notice to the major search engines and the host ISP that is hosting their site to take down the stolen material.

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  144. May 6, 2012 @ 6:39 pm

    Wow, that is kind of creepy. How did you find out about the “replica” Dear Crissy blog? It’s totally not cool to “steal” ideas and your creativeness from your blog. You have worked hard to get your blog to where it is at. Keep up the fabulous work and contents!

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  145. May 6, 2012 @ 6:40 pm

    FYI, her blog is no longer up.

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  146. May 6, 2012 @ 7:15 pm
    Lauralee Hensley

    Definitely contact her hosting company. A cease letter from a lawyer is a good idea too, but she may still do it. She may be one of those people that thinks anything on the internet is fair game, but she’s so wrong.

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  147. May 6, 2012 @ 8:33 pm

    Well I’m guessing you took the advice of the others & contacted her hosting site because as of now her site is down. That is really shady! If YOU haven’t done anything I would certainly recommend you do.

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  148. May 6, 2012 @ 11:06 pm
    Dawana

    That’s kinda scary for sure. It takes a lot of time (I would think) to copy and paste someone else’s work. In that time, she could’ve made up her own stuff. I’d pursue it, simply because it is your stuff. You wrote it. No one else has the right to take it.

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  149. May 6, 2012 @ 11:16 pm

    This is an issue so incredibly dear to my heart. I’ve been plagiarized in the past and it is a horrible feeling. Especially when it comes to things that are so personal.
    I wish you the best of luck in dealing with things.
    I feel like people who CAN’T THINK of anything to say should put down the keyboard, laptop and the blogosphere and take a hike. Plagiarizing is so much worse than silence.

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  150. May 6, 2012 @ 11:17 pm

    PURSUE! OMG! Not only is this illegal, but her theft of your content could affect your site’s ranking in the search engines. Do a WhoIs search to find out who she is and report her to her Internet Provider.

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  151. May 6, 2012 @ 11:24 pm

    KICK ASS! You and Bluehost took care of business. Her site is DOWN!

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  152. May 7, 2012 @ 10:22 am

    I’d like to add this example to the list of Things Crazy People Do I currently have going on my blog. This woman is juuuust a tiny bit off her rocker. The good news is that Aden + Anais got some extra promotional posts at ZERO the cost. A bonus from working with you! ;)

    I see her blog has been removed and would LOVE to see you write a follow up post to help those of us who might face the same problem down the road. I read a lot of the comments, but I’m sure there was plenty of advice we could all benefit from. How did you get it removed??

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  153. May 7, 2012 @ 10:33 am

    This is extremely disturbing. You’re doing what you can…call her out publicly as much as possible. This is creepy. I’m so sorry.

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  154. May 7, 2012 @ 1:51 pm
    Kristi Whitaker

    Even though her site is down I would still pursue this legally. I would make an example out of how NOT to blog!!!

    This is just to creepy. I could get over it if it was one post, one picture, or changing a few words once. But to just copy and past your exact words, buy the exact items in the picture, and take an identical picture??? STALKER! Very scary. I would not stop just because her blog is done. She/He will keep doing this. To other bloggers.

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  155. May 7, 2012 @ 4:15 pm

    IDk if you know this or not, but her website is down now. That is overly scary. I mean if it were just the picture, some people just aren’t creative. But it is word for word verbatim minus the baby name. It’s a little psycho scary in my opinion, which is just that: an opinion!

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  156. May 7, 2012 @ 4:58 pm

    Wow! I gotta go with creepy on this one. It really is scary. I hate to say it, but I’d visit with the police about this. She could be one of those loonies who pretends she’s pregnant and then steals someone’s baby.

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  157. May 7, 2012 @ 7:08 pm

    CRAZY!! Simply crazy.. I can’t believe she actually had the gall to copy word for word. Totally creepy! Her site is down.. BlueHost is showing. I don’t know if she took it down or they did, but I hope she doesn’t just move everything to another site. YIKES!

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  158. May 8, 2012 @ 10:54 am
    Beth

    You can always try the cease and desist letter. You do have copyright law in your favor. And there are a few lawyers out there that will do those letters for really cheap. Having a lawyer’s name on it sometimes scares people into stopping. Plagiarism sucks, especially since it’s so easy not to plagiarize (just give credit where credit is due, people!).

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  159. May 9, 2012 @ 7:15 am
    Wendy Pence

    I think #1 I would contact a lawyer and show him your posts versus hers so that he can see that she’s copying you. He can draft a cease and desist letter, might scare her more than you contacting her directly. And he may have other ideas on how to deal with her. Also, keep up with the paper trail. Print your posts and her copied posts and keep them in a file. If you are ever able to press charges, she might go in there and try to delete them, but if you have them printed already that will have no effect but to make her look even more guilty.

    #2 — She obviously has no qualms about stalking you. So, what I would do is check her blog everyday. And everyday that she has a post that was stolen from you, leave a comment below that post that states what she is up to (including a link to your original post so they can see the date and time stamp as opposed to hers). If you know other bloggers she’s doing this to, see if they will do the same thing. Some readers will not bother to read comments below an article. But, many, myself included, do. Maybe it will embarrass her enough (in the eyes of her readers) that she will stop.

    Good luck. And I’m sorry for you that you have to deal with this. Hope you get it all worked out! :0)

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  160. May 9, 2012 @ 8:59 am

    i know… i can tell the feeling.. you are absolutely right.. i sometimes refer to others’ blogs but ALWAYS post the source.. i write that it’s someelse’s post.
    i wish plagiarism stop in all levels, posts, articles, essays, etc.. Let’s be optimistic..xoxo

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  161. May 14, 2012 @ 4:42 pm

    Ewwwww… and WOW. So she’s gone but something that creepy may pop up again. Did you personally know the woman?

    There’s great advice on here already, I just can’t believe someone would do this so boldly.

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  162. May 16, 2012 @ 1:22 pm

    If you can find her info via a domain registry, send her a cease and desist letter.

    WritersWeekly always helps traditional writers with plagiarism, so if you go there you may get help for your blogging situation.

    Are your photos watermarked? Definitely do that.

    How frustrating for you — hope it resolves fast and easy!

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  163. May 26, 2012 @ 1:41 pm
    Brenda

    Wow! This actually is scary.

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  164. June 5, 2012 @ 3:41 pm

    This is just…… wow…. I would defintely pursue it. I hope it stopped!

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  165. June 6, 2012 @ 2:25 am
    Lynnette Watkins

    Why does this remind me how some girls were in high school. Don’t let her get away with it. Call her out about it every time she does it. If you have to take it a step further (Lawyer) you’ll fell better.

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  166. December 22, 2012 @ 2:17 pm

    Oh Crissy this is appalling! I don;t know what the hell I would do! What can you do?
    Legal action I suppose at least see a solicitor,

    Have a Merry Christmas and keep up the great blog!

    I hope it all works out :(
    Hugs xxx

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