Why I Don’t Publish Full Feeds

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Update: John has responded to my email and told me that it was all an academic experiment. He’s going to look into putting in a link to my site after the content, to give me attribution, but until he figures it out he’s going to remove my content.

This site is ripping off my content by republishing my Feedburner feed.

What can I do? (Below is some info…)

John Fuery
PO Box 891
San Ramon, CA 94583

Registered through: (
Created on: 11-Oct-03
Expires on: 11-Oct-06
Last Updated on: 11-Oct-05

Administrative Contact:
Fuery, John
PO Box 891
San Ramon, CA 94583
(925) 997-3878
Technical Contact:
Fuery, John
PO Box 891
San Ramon, CA 94583
(925) 997-3878

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11 Responses to “Why I Don’t Publish Full Feeds”

  1. Dawn says:

    Have you written him that you have copyright protected your site and you need him to cease and desist or atleast link back to your site?

    I see he has google ads- is his breaking any TOS that you can notify google on?
    We could spam him to death for you!

    Just some thoughts.

  2. Dawn says:

    I commented on his site a little, nothing major

    “Stop ripping off JIM’s Feed!”
    “Get your own original content!”

  3. For starters, I’d send him a friendly but firm message asking him to stop. Looking into the AdSense TOS for possible violations is also a good idea — if there’s anything there, you could threaten to report him if he doesn’t stop. That would most likely take care of things, as he’s almost certainly doing this for the revenue (though I can’t imagine he’s making much off your summary feeds). The best option might actually be to get him to link to your site in every post, as anyone that reads it would potentially click through to your site.

  4. You could also append a copyright notice to the message at the end of each summary post. That might (?) help.

  5. jim says:

    I’ve emailed him (and a few of the other people he’s ripping off) and I’ll let you know what happens.

  6. mbhunter says:

    You are listed as a “contributor” though … heh …

  7. Rick Klau says:

    Hi –

    I’m with FeedBurner, saw your comment and wanted to suggest that our terms of service require publishers to have rights to the content they run through FeedBurner. You can always send an e-mail to, identify the offending feed, point to your source content, and we can contact the feed’s owner and request that they stop. Further actions are possible, depending on the owner’s response.

    Hope this helps,


    Rick Klau
    VP, Business Development
    FeedBurner –
    AIM/Y!/Skype: RickKlau
    office: 312.756.0022 x2012
    direct: 312.239-0727
    cell: 630.362.8911

  8. jim says:

    I reworded the first sentance a little, they weren’t using Feedburner to rip off my content (creating their own feed and pointing it to mine), they were just receiving the feed I created and putting it on their site.

    So far no response to the email…

  9. Flexo says:

    If they are accessing a feed from your site (not FeedBurner), there are ways to ban specific IPs from requesting your feed. You would have to determine how they are obtaining your feed in the first place.

  10. Jonathan says:

    Multiple sites are ripping off my feed as we speak, but they don’t allow comments and don’t have working contact forms. I’m just letting karma take care of them… for now.

  11. Jonathan says:

    See, but now that you linked to him the dude is actually getting traffic. Sigh.

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