June 8, 2023

If You’re Going To Steal From Me, Give Me Credit.

Blatant stealing and copying of information is something we all have to live with in the internet age. Sadly, many people just aren’t aware of copyright or intellectual property laws; they think that since something was on the internet they can freely use it.

Because of this thinking, it’s sometimes necessary to put “traps” into many web applications. You’ll notice that Google Maps uses something called trap streets to catch other map applications that are copying from them. Basically, a trap street is a street that exists on the map but doesn’t exist in real life. This way, Google can see if somebody just copied their information.

Print dictionaries have words misspelled on purpose, and online dictionaries have “trap words.”

On NoSlang.com – my internet slang dictionary I have several trap words as well, and it’s quite fun to find people just outright copying my dictionary.

Anyway, I came across this site that stole a pretty large list of my words. They even included my favorite trap word: istwfn which they define as “I stole this word from noslang.com.”

here’s a screenshot:

This is a pretty common occurrence since I don’t believe in making my dictionary any less accessible (if you’re looking something up it should be easy to copy and paste, right?)

What irks me is that today’s word thief didn’t just steal from me, they credited my word list to Netlingo.com at the top of the page. Now, I know netlingo.com’s admin and she doesn’t steal from me (as I don’t steal from her.) We each run our own separate databases. If we have some of the same words it’s most likely because somebody submitted it to both places.

“istwfn” doesn’t exist in netlingo, so they clearly copied this list from noslang.com. So why does netlingo get the credit?

As a copyright thief, SACS consulting fails. As a consulting company, I can only imagine what good advice you’d get from them if they’ve stolen most of their web page content.

Yes, I could have sent them a COD letter (and I will,) but I think it’s more fun to point out their failure here. Don’t you?

About Ryan Jones

Ryan Jones is an SEO from Detroit. By day he works as a manager of SEO & Analytics at SapientNitro where his team performs SEO for Fortune500 clients. By night he's either playing hockey or attempting to take over the world with his own websites - which he would have already succeeded in doing had it not been for those meddling kids and their dog. The views expressed here have not been paid for and belong only to Ryan, not any of his employers or clients. Follow Ryan on Twitter at: @RyanJones, add him on Google+ or visit his personal website: www.RyanMJones.com