Monday, June 21, 2010

Splog Happens

GeneaBloggers has alerted us to the newest splog attack in the following articles, SplogAlert - Violating Copyright and RootsFeed Update. Thank you Thomas, I was one of those who found my material and MORE on this site!

I was not familiar with, I did not authorized the use of my copyrighted work on their website, nor did I authorized the use of the name, footnoteMaven. I did, however, get them to remove my work and my name immediately and I will share with you how I accomplished that.

What is a splog? It is a spam blog or web site in the same vein as spam email. Splogs generally contain no original content. Their content is mainly links or "acquired" posts from legitimate blogs. also co-opts the names of the legitimate bloggers using a posted by notice at the end of the "acquired" post. (See below.) Searching for the legitimate bloggers' sites and names will direct you to's site. Their purpose is to game the search engines to inflate their page rank with the search enginges and generate ad revenue.

As a legitimate blogger, being associated with spam is damaging to your reputation. has some degree of insulation from our community as they use a privacy protection service. Whois Privacy Protection Service, Inc. provides its contact information while keeping the names, email, and physical address of private. As you can see, this privacy protection service is just down the street from me, I'm so ashamed. I called them and was instructed to send any inquiries to the email below.

Administrative Contact:
Whois Privacy Protection Service, Inc.
Whois Agent (
Fax: +1.4259744730
PMB 368, 14150 NE 20th St - F1
Bellevue, WA 98007

When I became aware that my content was on this splog, there was no way to contact the owner of the site to request removal. In the GeneaBlogger's Update it appears that has added a contact form. But a contact form is a private communication between you and the still unknown site owner. I'm not saying don't use it. Please do! Inundate them with requests to remove your content. Take all of the advice contained in the GeneaBlogger's articles.

However, I did something that facilitated the removal of my content immediately. had added the ability to comment on my content on its opening page. So, I commented. An in your face comment. I told them they were not authorized to use my name in their posted by, my content on their site, or my copyrighted images. I told them to remove all immediately.

The comments are moderated, but they had to take the time to read mine and it certainly wasn't something they wanted appearing on their home page. They removed my content, a 404 error now appears. So even if you fill out the contact form, please comment. Make their life difficult. Get in their face. How successful can their site be with a ton of 404 error message pages?

I love the response received by one of our community and posted on GeneaBloggers. It read:

Your posts were removed from the site this past Saturday. Rootsfeed did not violate your copyright. At no time did we publish in its entirety any article from your website, nor did we ever take attribution for any article. We posted an excerpt from the article with a link back to your site, which is completely legal.


(Emphasis Added)

Never take legal advice from the owner of a splog, as they obviously have no understanding of what is or is not completely legal. I have a suggestion for, consult an attorney prior to declaring what is completely legal.

Let's take a look at their response and what considers to be "Fair Use" and what I consider to be infringement.

One of the rights accorded to me as the owner of copyrighted work "acquired and used by" is the right to reproduce or to authorize others to reproduce my work. As noted, I did not authorize the use of my name or copyrighted work to

Copyright is not without its limitations and the doctrine of fair use is one of the important limitations. Development of the doctrine of fair use is the result of a substantial number of court decisions that have been codified in section 107 of the copyright law.

Under the fair use doctrine of the U.S. copyright statute, Section 107, it is permissible to use limited portions of a work including quotes, for purposes such as commentary, criticism, news reporting, and scholarly reports. merely posted an excerpt from a post on this blog. They included no criticism, comment, research or educational comment of their own. The information was not included in a scholarly article or any type of a news article. This was not a fair use.

Section 107 also sets out four factors to be considered in determining whether or not a particular use is fair:

    1. The purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes -'s purpose is commercial only. It is to increase page rank and ad revenue.
    2. The nature of the copyrighted work - this deals mainly with factual work as opposed to fictional. Here my post was clearly expressive rather than factual.
    3. The amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole - The less you take, the more likely that your copying will be excused as a fair use. But here took the heart of my work, the portion where I set the stage.
    4. The effect of the use upon the potential market for, or value of, the copyrighted work - it could damage my page rank depriving me of income and damaging my reputation by association.
So let's look at's response again:

--At no time did we publish in its entirety any article from your website

There are no specific number of words, lines, or notes that may safely be taken without permission.

--nor did we ever take attribution for any article

Acknowledging the source of the copyrighted material does not substitute for obtaining permission.

--link back to your site

See above. The original link back is a round robin taking you to another of the pages. Two clicks for the price of one.

--which is completely legal.

You be the judge. Completely legal, I think not.

Friday, June 18, 2010

The Paparazzi of Jamboree 2010

You've seen all the Jamboree celebrity shots. GeneaBloggers in the lounge, at work and at play. So what were all those celebrity bloggers facing? Why the Jamboree paparazzi, of course.

So here, I'll let you see what geneabloggers saw every time they looked up! The camera flash was blinding!

Thomas MacEntee

Elyse Doerflinger
Girl Graduate
(That's Miriam Midkiff in the background.)

Cheryl Palmer
Heritage Happens
This beautiful camera, lenses, & bag
were Cheryl's Christmas gift from her family.
Great family, great gift, Cheryl!

Paparazzi Tag Team
Steve & Gini Webb

The GeneaLounge Paparazzi
discuss how to get the best shot.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Moo Maven 2010

Jamboree starts when you pick up your registrations packet and name tag. This year there was a slight change to my name and it kept the GeneaBloggers entertained for some time. Take a look. Oh, and you can call me "n" footnoteMave "n."

Paula tried to get it back, but I love it and I think I'll request it next year.

One of my favorite activities at Jamboree is to create a unique business card and to collect the cards of other geneabloggers and businesses. Here are a few examples of this year's creative crop.


This year's Moo Maven is a replica of a Carte-de-visite.
It was a lot of fun to create.
It's a Moo Business Card with the corners rounded
to simulate the old card look.

Miriam - AnceStories opted for
a Moo Mini this year.
It's adorable!

Denise Levenick - The Family Curator
designed her own and it's so clever.
(Street addresses & phone numbers have been redacted.)
Denise used both the front and the back of her card.

Denise's Mother Suzanne
also had her own contact cards.
I didn't get one - Sniff!
Another winner - You can see it here.
I'll be faster next year.

Gini Webb - Ginisology
also created her own.
Simply Beautiful!
Gini's keeping up the search!

Becky Wiseman - kinexxions
This card had beautiful gold leaf.
Becky tells me she purchased the paper
and just printed. Nice job!

A.C. Ivory - Find My Ancestor
has a clean modern genealogy design.
A.C. also used both sides of his card.
(Street addresses & phone numbers have been redacted.)


Kathryn Doyle - California Ancestors
has one of the best society cards and URLs out there.
I love the negative space society logo.


myHeritage individualizes each employee's card
by placing one of that person's old family photos
on the back. A great idea!

Now attached to all those Jamboree name tags were ribbons. There was an amazing collection of ribbons from geneabloggers and exhibitors. Here is mine; most are self-explanatory.

And a very special Thank You to Thomas MacEntee, the heart and soul of GeneaBloggers. I can not tell you how many times I was stopped and someone commented that they could tell a GeneaBlogger by their beads.

Oh, one last thing; my tiara, the Princess Grace from Some recognized me, others stopped to ask the significance. It was a conversation piece.

Next year there will be a Tiara competition. Thomas tells us he knows the secret. It has to do with drag queens and welding. I can't wait until next year. Will we see you there?

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Let's Hear It For The Boys

95th EDITION OF THE Carnival Of Genealogy

The topic for the next edition of the Carnival of Genealogy is:

The Annual Swimsuit Edition

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Yes folks, it's that time again...

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Time to look over your photo collection of bathing beauties
and select one to share.

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Bring us your pin-up girls, guys in Speedos,
or kids building sand castles.

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Summer is here and it's time to show us how your family members
have enjoyed the water and the summertime heat!

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The Deadline For Submissions Is
July 1st
30 submissions accepted

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Attention All COG Participants

Read Also The Changes To The COG In 2010

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