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Blog Herald Owners Revealed: Copycatting and Other Thievery

Well, over on the Blog Herald, the new owners have revealed themselves, and its the Bloggy-Network that bought the site. No…I don’t mean us. I mean the UK Bloggy-Network. See the dash…that makes them different and should quell any confusion.

This post, as much as any other tone it has, should serve as a warning. Just because you are the Internet and are blogging, does not mean you can forget about the “real world” issues that come with making money or building a company like accounting, legalities and whatnot.

This blog, Blogging Pro, has been around for some time, and in July of 2005, Jacob Gower puchased it and formed Bloggy Network LLC, a blog network company.

The reason I mention this is because there has been some problems that the company now needs to deal with as the new owners of the Blog Herald are also named Bloggy Network.

In its word from the previously anonymous owners, a few readers raised the issue as to why the new owners had a name very similar to ours and really, we’d like to know as well.

The whole issue stinks of an attempt at getting some publicity.

BloggyNetwork.com was registered on July 20th, 2005 while Bloggy-Network.com (the other guys), was registered April 18th, 2006. With the non-hyphenated version taken, you’d think that would be enough to dissuade anyone from building a company, but alas almost a year later, they decided to proceed anyways.

Even other well known bloggers like Darren Rowse have chimed in about the rather odd name.

Of course, this isn’t a one shot deal. As exhibit B we have: Pingoat, the popular pinging service, and Bloggy Ping, a “copyright 2006″ service of Bloggy-Network.com. This blatant rip was confirmed by Kailash, the original creator of Pingoat.

While we understand that there are many companies and technologies based upon the works of others, especially online in the forms of mashups and whatnot, I think that ripping off names, ideas and efforts of others is still frowned upon.

I guess all us here at the non-hyphenated Bloggy Network should be proud. After all, imitation is supposed to be the sincerest form of flattery.

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  1. Amrit Hallan says: 12/11/2006

    I guess all us here at the non-hyphenated Bloggy Network should be proud. After all, imitation is supposed to be the sincerest form of flattery.

    I totally agree. And another thing is, the name hardly matters. The only thing that matters in the blogging world is, the kind of content you generate over a long period of time. As long as one does that, blogs can come and they can go, it hardly matters.

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  2. Darren says: 12/11/2006

    off topic – but you got some seriously nasty comment spam in your recent comments

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  3. HART (1-800-HART) says: 12/11/2006

    You know, in a way I can see how something like this happened. I went and registered a “something-site.com”, to fit with a few other “-sites.com” that I have. Afterthought, I checked “somethingsite.com” and it was taken. I didn’t start the site yet, and just created a new one “the-something-site.com” to make it different. If I hadn’t noticed and a few months down the line it came apparent to me .. I probably would have continued as is.

    It’s all a matter of intent, and despite that it must really suck from your network’s point of view .. I think Amrit’s comment will ring true about the content.

    Personally, I think you guys should shake hands and alternate taking jabs at each other on slow news days .. so both of you can benefit from extra occassional traffic spikes! (all in fun, of course). In the absense of any handshake .. maybe one or the other or both should just add a footer note “We’re note affiliated with those “dash” or “non-dash” network… etc.

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  4. David ) says: 12/11/2006

    Thanks Darren and Hart…I am hoping everything I have added will help take care of that comment spam problem… Akismet have more down time or something?

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  5. Martin says: 12/12/2006

    Gotta agree with you there David,

    It is a strange situation and all it does (and did) was cause confusion.

    Personally, if I owned your network I would not be happy at all and scratching my head with what’s going on – I mean, when you start a new venture (offline or online) you want to build a brand for yourself – hence a unique name and you want to put lots of time and effort into building a USP.

    Flattery is all good and well, but if it starts affecting your brand, and trust me, it has, I don’t think it’s good for business.

    I’ve got a feeling 2007 is where we (in the blogging world) will be taking all this seriously: copyright, trademark, legal issues etc.,

    Just my 2 cents . ;-)

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  6. Mark says: 12/12/2006

    Can I ask- if it is such a terrible situation with us copying you, why is it me trying to be reasonable with Jacob and come to some kind of agreement (where money is not a stated concern), while he is totally slanderous and inflexible in his comments, emails and through his paid hands? And may I remind you again that I own the US trademark for the commercial use of the term “Bloggy Network”. As for the pinging script, I bought this from scriptlance, and can show the raw files. This is all extremely tedious and I’m not going to comment on it again.

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  7. Sergei says: 12/12/2006

    Hehe its Mark – bloggyping.com is not a script rip, its a design rip. Sort of obvious.

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  8. Tax Information says: 12/18/2006

    I bought my own domain with the dashes in between words and then put up some simple content just so I’d own both my domain and the version with dashes.

    A couple of years later, I let the dash domain slide and was interested to see someone else buy it and put up some adsense site.

    I lost control of my domain name and I still had inbound links to HIS site.

    lol. never do that again

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  9. John says: 12/27/2006

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