Curious Incidents of Copyright Infringement
Have you heard about the site socialmention? You can search for mentions of your name on various social media, and see if someone mentioned you on their blog or twitter, etc without your awareness. While some may use it for self-aggrandizement, I used it out of curiosity today to see how it worked.
What I found was a little surprising. Along with my own blog and twitter posts, and blogs where I knew I'd had a shout out, I found several recent posts on suspicious looking "travel" blogs, where they used my picture of one of my travel journals that they must have lifted off flickr. I know when you post pictures online, there is the risk that they will be used without your permission, and in this case that is not really the part that bothers me. I just don't understand what these sites are about. Two of them are the exact same article, poor English and all. Are they phishing? How does my photo help their post? Has anyone else had something like this happen, and what did you do? Your thoughts would be most appreciated.
I was also wondering how the photo remained linked to PrairiePeasant somehow, that it showed up in my socialmention.com search in the first place. That got my dh thinking that if the link was removed, the photo would disappear, so I deleted the photo off flickr and low and behold it became unavailable on these posts! I'm not sure yet if these links will disappear off the socialmention search as well (it hadn't a few minutes later).
Addendum: The next morning after this was posted here on my blog, Google Alerts notified me of another mention. My blog was linked on another very suspicious looking blog with the title of Infringement.That site had an relentless pop-up window for a gambling site.