See Andy's other stuff:

RSS Feed

Follow Andy

Contact Me >>

You can’t just take it

Every so often a website will take my blog posts and start publishing them. They make it look like I’m a guest writer for their site. (This happens to a lot of bloggers.)

No link, no traffic to my blog. Just using my name as a byline isn’t giving me credit, it’s making it look like I work for them.

That’s just theft of my copyrighted material.

Can I start publishing entire New York Times stories on my site for free, without asking? Even if I include the byline of the reporter? Of course not.

If you want to quote me, that’s great. If you want to use my content to grow your business, let’s work out a deal. I’d love to work with you.



Email to a friend:

Privacy: We won't save or reuse these emails.


  1. Mike November 3, 2010 at 3:27 pm #


    How do you find out/manner used to see if your content is being scraped, taken, hijacked, plagarized? I also have a blog and would like to check to see if my stuff is being stolen as well. Any info appreciated.

  2. Steve November 3, 2010 at 4:35 pm #

    Copyright infringement is a serious problem for everyone who creates original work – creative writers, photographers, and bloggers.

    The best website for info on ways to protect your work, as well as copyright law, is

    There’s an art director who publishes a specific tips for creatives at

  3. Russ Somers November 4, 2010 at 8:42 am #

    Happens to me from time to time…Mike, I use Google Alerts based on my blog title, titles & name.

    Andy, it’ll be fun to see if this post gets stolen.

  4. Deirdre Reid November 8, 2010 at 10:06 am #

    Andy, what do you do when you find out that’s happened? Thanks.

  5. Andy Sernovitz November 8, 2010 at 10:10 am #

    I ask nicely and usually they apologize, take it down, or give me credit. Most folks don’t realize they are doing something wrong.

  6. Deirdre Reid November 8, 2010 at 10:01 am #

    Thanks, as we know from the recent Cooks Source incident, there is a lot of ignorance out there about copyright and attribution.

  7. Jason November 12, 2010 at 7:58 pm #

    Andy, what the best method in you opinion for using someone else’s material on your blog? What get the best results, whats allowed etc.
    Thanks great post.

  8. Andy Sernovitz November 12, 2010 at 8:09 pm #

    Just send a nice note to the author! Some will say yes, some will say no. When you ask, be sure to offer them full credit and lots of links back to their site.

  9. Chris Ferdinandi - Renegade HR November 23, 2010 at 3:41 pm #


    I use Google Alerts – I have on setup for my name, so get an email notification from Google when it shows up on other peoples’ websites.

    – Chris

Get My Newsletter!

Subscribe to Damn, I Wish I’d Thought of That! for a weekly email full of unusually useful ideas for smart marketers. Great marketing is about brains, not bucks. The best business ideas are easy to do, inexpensive, and fun. Learn to simplify your business, earn word of mouth, and thrill your customers:

Never display this again