November 16, 2003

Encroaching porn

The blogosphere is Zion as the machines pour through the dock. A couple of days ago I received 5 copies of the following note:

Hi,
I saw your email on your Blog …..cool stuff.

I'm just surfing around trying to meet new people, so hi!.
Check out more about me at my blog
http://jenntheater.blogspot.com/

Email me soon, and say hello!

Jenn

Ordinarily I would just assume this was Jenn letting me know of her site in the hopes I may visit & find value in it. Except that I received the note 5 times. And I received it at 5 different addresses. Only one of which is an address I currently use. In fact one of the addresses only exists on one particular page in all the 3000+ pages which I manage. Someone has combed through my site with a robot to find these addresses.

Adam Gessaman, and his readers, have got a great run down on a new tactic porn purveyors are employing to juice their Google ranking. They are cloning existing blogs and adding links to their porn sites between the cracks. For example Jennifer's Blog is a clone of Beta Blog plus it has a nifty link to Jennifer's cam tucked down in the code at the bottom of the page.

Go read the whole post. Adam's got lots of examples of these clone blogs plus he's worn out some shoe leather and tracked down the DNS servers across the pond which tie this together.

In my referer logs today I found spam from Sex & the City. If we don't find ourselves an EMP and fast these buggers are going to destroy the party.

Posted by filchyboy at November 16, 2003 11:44 PM

Um...copyright?

Posted by: Harald at November 17, 2003 5:09 AM

Obviously that is an issue. These sites though appear to be running completely automated: grab a design, pull in another rss feed from somewhere else, mix in link to target porn site, launch from foreign land outside of a very expensive copyright fight. I don't really see that the tools available to protect a copyright really work here because these sites are literally fly by night and can be pulled down and created so fast and effortlessly.

Posted by: filchyboy at November 17, 2003 10:04 AM
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