Busted Blogger

The Internet is rife with thievery. Many bloggers have had the experience of seeing their words or images “borrowed” and posted to another site. But Pim, of well-known food blog Chez Pim, isn’t going to stand for it any longer. She’s taken a “particularly onerous” blog thief to task, engaging in a “public shaming” on her site.

These vampire blogs are the bane of a blogger’s existence. They are far too stupid and unimaginative to have their own content, and must get by with stealing other people’s work. … This particular one I just found, Voncigars, is much worse. This guy took my post on Paco Meralgo, a tapas bar in Barcelona, and reposted the pictures and shamelessly edited the post texts into his own voice—so that it appears that he himself was the one who visited the tapas bar, ate the meal, and wrote the review.

Pim’s discovery is only the tip of this specific iceberg. Voncigars has stolen content from other sites as well—À la Cuisine!, Chubby Hubby, CellarTracker!, Frommer’s, Fodor’s, and World’s Best Bars, among others. As Pim points out, he even published the much-vaunted No-Knead Bread recipe by Jim Lahey, which Mark Bittman made famous in the New York Times, in such a way so that it appears to be his own creation. Anyone who takes a recipe that was the talk of the foodie world for months on end and presents it as original is just not using his loaf.

In response to what can only be imagined was a torrent of abuse, this particular blog thief is pleading for mercy, posting this apology:

We have published a post (Paco Meralgo) using original pictures/content from ‘Chez Pim’ without properly crediting ‘Chez Pim’ for these. We do apologize for that to ‘Chez Pim’ and its readers. … We hope that this matter can be concluded that way and would ask everybody to abstain from leaving vulgar and obscene, anonymous comments on our site.

While it is certain that content thievery will continue on the Internet, blog thieves would do well to tread carefully. Do you really want to contend with the wrath of a certain Ms. Pim and her readers?

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