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I just noticed that Metropolis magazine wholesale cut-and-paste my recent survey on weird service station food, without even a back-link.

If you’re going to translate goo ranking surveys, please do so in your own words or acknowledge the site you are copying from.

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  1. Ashley said,
    June 13, 2011 @ 10:43

    Yeah, I keep finding Japanese sites ripping my stuff (sometimes with a backlink… but not really referencing it) but they tend to translate it without permission or even notifying me. And then there’s no way to contact them or even comment… It wouldn’t even be an issue if they’d just ask first.

    • Ken Y-N said,
      June 13, 2011 @ 23:51

      Translating or rewording is just a fact of life, but that Metropolis article was a direct cut-and-paste!

  2. james grey said,
    June 13, 2011 @ 23:26

    Which is kin of ironic, eh, ‘Tepido’/Debiito…

  3. koichi said,
    June 14, 2011 @ 13:14

    lame-bears :(

  4. Durf said,
    June 15, 2011 @ 15:27

    Back when that mag was Tokyo Classified they lifted most of an article my company did for a .go.jp website. We called it to their attention and they got rid of it online right away; couldn’t do a thing about the print issues already on the streets, of course.

    Have you contacted them and asked for a link/removal?

  5. Durf said,
    June 15, 2011 @ 16:37

    Looks like you’ve got your link now. :)

    • Ken Y-N said,
      June 15, 2011 @ 20:10

      At last! It saves me having to mail them, but it would have been correct to have had the link there in the first place.

  6. Jimmy J said,
    June 15, 2011 @ 22:55

    Why all the crying… don’t you just copy it (and a bit of translation) from somewhere and post it on your site? You should be happy to get exposure…

    • Durf said,
      June 16, 2011 @ 12:09

      How on earth is it “exposure” if there’s not even a link to indicate the website it originally came from? (Which is all he was asking for.)

      • Ken Y-N said,
        June 16, 2011 @ 12:29

        Please do not feed the troll!

        • Durf said,
          June 21, 2011 @ 13:48

          Well I hope you realize you owe me the ¥¥ I just spent on this bag of Purina Troll-Chow™.

  7. June 19, 2011 @ 13:25

    Hey way to go getting your link on their article!
    I’ve had some of my material lifted before, it left me feeling like someone had just punched me in the gut.

    It might be interesting to know how many visited you get to this site from that link, you can check that out using google analytics or a few other things like it. :)

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