The quilt bloggers of the world proceeded to bombard GoDaddy (the domain name host), Wordpress (the blog host) and Google Ads with information about the situation. Some of us also contacted Quilterblogs.com to let them know that it appeared that it was their RSS feeds which were being used to grab these blogposts. I should add here that Quilterblogs.com is a great website - it enables quilt bloggers to have their feed shared across a wider audience. The crucial differences between this and Quiltpatternspro.com are (i) we give permission to Quilterblogs to share our content - in fact we positively request it; and (ii) they link back to the original blogs, neither of which was the case with Quiltpatternspro.com. I'm not sure which of the above actions had the desired effect but within eight hours the website was down and has stayed down since. Moral of the tale - don't mess with the quilters. The truth is we are not a bunch of nice little old ladies.
Sunday, 13 April 2014
Don't mess with the quilters
Last week I came across this post by Meaghan Dougherty talking about a website called Quiltpatternspro.com which contained blogposts from many of our favourite bloggers without permission or link back. She suggested we all do what we can to spread the word. I posted an image of one of my blogposts from this website on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and the response to those posts and to the posts of many others following Meaghan's lead was swift and furious. You can see from this image that the website was using my content to bring advertising revenue to its site - without my permission and without linking back.
Posted by Lynne (Lily's Quilts) at 09:23