Update on the Tygpress.com appropriation of content from WordPress blogs, response from WordPress

“Tygpress.com is temporarily out of service due to technical issues. will be back soon…

Tygpress.com was created with an intention to create a blog search site , but due to some techical issues, full contents of respective sites were being displayed instead of just excerpts as intended. We thank the complainants for bringing this issue to our notice and We are extremely sorry to the content owners.” tygpress.com



Here’s the original post published on August 7 for those who didn’t read it.  WordPress update is below.

Tygpress.com was founded in June 2018 and is an aggregating site with posts from many of our blogs as its total content. At the time of this writing, the site is blocked and all you will see if you go to Tygpress.com is the statement I’ve included above.
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So many kind and concerned bloggers have sent me alerts, which I appreciate. Thank you! Every post of mine was appropriated. I know it’s disconcerting (angering) and frustrating.  This is not an expert opinion, but I have to say first that I think our copyrights are intact. I don’t think that’s an issue, though understandably it’s a primary concern. I noted that wherever there was a copyright notice by the content originator, it was included. On my site, I make conspicuous use of copyright for my own work and that of others and for this very reason.  I have no worries about my fellow poets, writers and bloggers, it’s these wild-cards that come up that are a concern.
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If you feel your copyright is compromised you can file a DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) Takedown. Details on that are HERE.
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I am as I write this awaiting an update from WordPress, which I’ll add to this post when and if one comes in. Having said that, Tygpress.com is not hosted by WordPress, so WordPress can’t take down the site.  There are probably some things it can do. I hope we’ll find out. Meanwhile …
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Digital Ocean is the host and you can email them with your complaint at dmac@digitalocean.com and let them know you want your work deleted from the Tygpress.com and Tygpress.com blocked from stealing your posts in the future should Tygress.com become active again.
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The Domain Name is hosted by Go Daddy.
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The site is owned by a gentleman from Kamataka, Bengaluru, India. It purportedly earns $24.00 U.S. a day and has an estimated value of $8,640.00 U.S. according to a couple of website stat and valuation sites and who knows how accurate these are.
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I hope this is helpful. Feel free to add your thoughts and comments below.

WordPress response received today. There’s really nothing here we didn’t know, but it does reassure that WordPress is on it.

Fenton (Automattic)

Aug 13, 21:53 UTC

We also filed a complaint with their host Digital Ocean, and I believe many other WordPress.com bloggers whose work was copied did as well.

As of last week, it appeared the owner of Tygpress.com had voluntarily taken the site offline as a reaction to the complaints they had received, citing “technical issues” which they say ” full contents of respective sites were being displayed instead of just excerpts as intended.” As I believe you already saw.

It remains in this state today. We can take another look if the site returns and continues abusive practices, but there is no further action for us to take at this time with the site fully offline.

Regards,

Fenton
Community Guardian
WordPress.com | Automattic


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* Five by Jamie Dedes, Spirit of Nature, Opa Anthology of Poetry, 2019
* From the Small Beginning, Entropy Magazine (Enclave, #Final Poems)(July 2019)
* The Damask Garden, In a Woman’s Voice (August 11, 2019) / This short story is dedicated to the world’s refugees, one in every 113 people.

A busy though bed-bound poet, writer, former columnist and the former associate editor of a regional employment newspaper, my work has been featured widely in print and digital publications including: Levure littéraireRamingo’s Porch, Vita Brevis Literature, HerStry, Connotation Press, The Bar None Group, Salamander CoveI Am Not a Silent Poet, Meta/ Phor(e) /Play, Woven Tale PressThe Compass Rose and California Woman. I run The Poet by Day, a curated info hub for poets and writers. I founded The Bardo Group / Beguines, pushers of The BeZine of which I am managing editor. Email me at thepoetbyday@gmail.com for permissions or commissions

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Blogospher Map, A Network of Interconnections courtesy of Jenna Greenbaum under Attribution license and originally published in Discover Science. I was unable to find references for the numbers but still think it’s visually interesting.


Thanks to Die Erste Eslarner Zeitung for bringing the WebsiteBuilder.org graphic report to our attention.  This is mostly about blogging as business, but there’s some information of possible interest to hobbiest bloggers, writers and poets toward the end of this report: ideal number of words in a title, best post-length, best time to blog … that sort of thing. You should find a few helpful hints amid the engaging trivia. Enjoy!


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HEARTBLEED BUG: WordPress is okay but Facebook and other social networking sites might not be

heartbleed… and you thought all your personal info was held just between you, your God, the NSA and that hacker in Eastern Europe who shall remain nameless. No poetry here!

I hoped I could spend the afternoon reading, settled comfy with Billy Collings’ Picnic, Lightning. I had to ruin things by checking my email first only to learn that while WordPress is safe, the technoscenti (no, there’s no such word, but you get the idea) recommend changing our passwords to Facebook and other social networking sites … and to gmail, by the way.  I don’t use any of the other networking sites, but you might. Link HERE to Mashable’s list of sites that are vulnerable to this flaw. It includes corporations, government and tax sites, and banks and brokerage firms …

Related feature:

The Programmer Behind Heartbleed Speaks Out

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