A word of warning to my fellow bloggers who have had their posts stolen by blogging hacks & are considering a DMCA Take Down…

Update #3

From Automattic:


I deeply apologize for the mistake in our assessment before.  Your DMCA Notice has been received and reviewed for completeness.

In accordance with the requirements set forth by the DMCA, we have disabled access to the allegedly infringing material. Please note that we have notified the user who uploaded the material to provide them an opportunity to formally challenge this removal. We will notify you if the user submits a counter notice.Regards, 

Automattic Trust & Safety

My Response:

Thank you for your assistance. 

Although the fact that you persist in using the terminology “alledgedly”

Implies that even after I offered a substantial amount of proof, that I am the artist of the piece, there is the possibility of a counter suit from the perpetrator. Is it possible on your end to verify time stamps ? 

When I initially brought this up wordpress help i was lead to taking this course of action in 8 years of blogging I have never taken this course of action until it was reccomended to me by you, yet

It seems this is far more the hassle than its worth.

So thanks again. Going forward i guess i will put a notification of copyright permission on every post and disable pingbacks.

I don’t have the financial means for potential litigation but I have no problem informing other wordpress users of this process.

Update #2

Aparrently it has been removed, even though if i type in the offending address it remains, so obviously the happiness engineers themselves are being duped, because if it was actually removed it wouldn’t open here still: https://vstgroup.art.blog/2022/11/19/kerfuffle-komics-guttersnipe/

although the homepage of vstgroup.art.blog makes it appear as if it no longer exists. So what the hell WordPress ?!

I sent this information along with what I felt was an acusation against me and our correspondence has gone silent.

So for anyone considering a DMCA take down, don’t bother, it’s really NOT worth the hassle.

i also discovered another blog using my co-collaborators post from her site, our first Kerfuffle Komic. I politely asked them to remove it as well, but it falls on deaf ears.

The fact that I have been treated unfairly in all of this makes me not want to persue this matter any further. Three times now I have asked douchebag extraordinaire Chuck Lindholm to kindly remove this post below, and of course I continue to be ignored.

Hack Site#2: TheReluctantPoetweb.wordpress.com

Update # 1

So, the (un) happiness engineers at WordPress suggested I do a DMCA submission of Take Down in regards to this person having taken my work, seemingly as their own.

i sure wasn’t thrilled to get an email from WP parent company Automattic: with the following:

We have received and reviewed your complaint. It looks like you may have copied the post(s) from our blogger’s original site, pasted them into your own, and are now claiming the material as your own.
If you would like to proceed, please confirm that you are the original author of these posts. Remember that you are certifying your copyright complaint under penalty of perjury, and can be subject to a lawsuit if you make misrepresentations in your complaint. We can and have sought to collect damages in these situations.

Really ? Thanks Unfuckinghappiness engineers for accusing me of perjury. I mean, I offered photographic proof of the original comic in my sketchbook as well as links to previous Kerfuffle posts that started in August.

Original Post Below:

Bloggers who borrow your work to showcase on their blog without first asking to do so and not actually writing their own post in regards to the work they are borrowing. I’d say stealing but they were kind enough to add a pingback to my site.

But still, this blogger has a total of three posts on their blog. A logo they designed, a post that appears to be written in Hebrew and my Kerfuffle that I posted today.

They didn’t like my post, they didn’t comment. They just borrowed my comic for reasons unknown.

I no longer allow pingbacks on my blog. I have deleted this users pingback and blocked them. I have also notified WordPress on this heinous activitity but as Chel Owens indicated it’s most likely fruitless on my part.

VSTGROUP.ART.BLOG Joins the ranks of unoriginal blogs who put absolutely no effort into their own blog.

41 thoughts on “A word of warning to my fellow bloggers who have had their posts stolen by blogging hacks & are considering a DMCA Take Down…

  1. I think there are programs or possibly paid people from developing countries who just reblog. I’ve complained to WP before, only to be told it’s fine because they linked back.


    1. Such Bullshit on WP’s part, because to me it’s quite rude to not ask first. I don’t offer the reblog button for the sole reason to cut down on this BS only to have it happen again with a pingback.

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      1. I spoke with the happiness engineers and they encouraged me to start a DMCA Take down, so I did. I asked the other blogger nicely to take it down and I threatened infringement take down and they had the nerve to say good luck.

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    1. Yeah, I just sent them all the links on my blog to the previous posts that started in August along with proof of the stolen art with a photo of the original drawing in my sketchbook.

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    1. Thanks it just sucks that I have to go above and beyond to prove I am the original artist. I did see that the first comic from August was also grabbed from your blog (along with a crap load of your poetry) on some hacks blog called The Reluctant Poet

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      1. To be fair, I had previously given the blogger you mention permission to reblog some of my poetry – back in the early days when I was more naive to the potential concequences of such admittedly. (Note I didn’t with the Kerfuffle Komic – that is not my sole permission to give. Also, as I no longer follow that blog I had no idea they’d done that).

        What I’m particularly interested in is how you are now, effectively, in a position where you have to prove you are the original author as the insinuation is it’s you that is lying as opposed to the actual thief.

        I’ve been lucky so far in that there’s only been one occasion (that I’m aware of) where someone posted my work as their own without any link to me at all. I believe this was a genuine enough mistake on their part as, when politely challenged by me, they made means to rectify the situation and credit me appropriately. It just really made me think (which I hadn’t before) that it might have been hard for me to prove I was the original author of my own content had that situation played out differently.

        Anyway, as I say, keep us updated. Good luck with it my friend πŸ‘πŸ–€

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      2. Yeah, you should end the career of the reluctant poet…a name that fits being that absolutely nothing on his blog is written by him

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  2. One of my artist friends found her original art copied onto jewelry and sheets by chinese companies. Nothing she could do. The sole bright spot for me: After she passed I was able to get a shirt. Hated supporting a bootlegger but her family was no longer selling her art and I wanted an add’l memory of her.


    1. Yeah I realize this shit happens all the time but I am more pissed off now about being accused of lying in regards to work stolen from me on WordPress.


  3. Sorry that this whole thing just keeps going deeper Matt. Honestly, I’m not surprised though. At the point that WP started accusing you of stealing your own stuff I would have dumped WP.


    1. Yeah i suppose, but self hosting is too challenging, and i would miss Reader. I guess i will start noting on each post, permissions as opposed to on my homepage.. just thought to use my blog as a warning to other bloggers about the hassle.it would be a different story if this was happening on the daily from what I am aware of. I also enjoy having an audience on this platform, despite its flaws.

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    1. It was a WP.com Blog not WP.org and they eventually removed the offending page. That’s why I crossed out the link in this “final version”


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