There’s been a lot of brouhaha the last couple of days about material from many of our blogs appearing without our knowledge or permission on a website called Tygpress.com, which appears to be operated out of Mumbai by a scumbag named Amrut Miskin. I don’t appear to have been affected (yet), but many of you have. Fandango has created the graphic above, and when I looked this morning it’s starting to show up on Tygpress.
A lot of people have been wondering what else they can do to get this clown to stop stealing your blog posts. Being from Chicago, of course, I immediately thought of sending several very large and mean-tempered men (and believe me, I know a few) to Mumbai to start interrogating people until they found out where Amrut Miskin can be found, then converging on his home and having a little “conversation” with him that might end up in Amrut’s being beaten to a bloody pulp, if he manages to survive. But that’s not nice. (Admit it, though, you were thinking about that yourself.)
Then I remembered something a friend of mine (one of the large and mean-tempered men I was talking about) told me: “One lawyer with his briefcase can do more damage than three men with machine guns.” Tygpress doesn’t have any contact information on their WHOIS record, but we know from WHOIS that the domain is registered through GoDaddy and that the website appears to be hosted by Digital Ocean. So, I suggest we let GoDaddy and Digital Ocean deal with Miskin. Threatening them with legal action unless they deal with their wayward client, especially if many of us send threatening emails, might inspire them to shut him down.
Here’s what I’d do:
- Go out to tygpress.com and type the name of your blog, in quotes (e.g. “the sound of one hand typing”) into the search box.
- If the search turns up posts that you’ve made, click on them and get the URL’s as evidence.
- Visit Digital Ocean and GoDaddy and tell them what Tygpress is doing (including sharing the URL’s from step 2), tell them that it violates US and international copyright law, and that, unless they immediately deal with their client, you will be seeking legal remedies against them.
Hearing it from one person probably won’t stir these companies to action, but hearing it from a lot of us will probably convince them to shut the site down. And if not, we can sue the pants off of them.
How does that sound?