How To Support Your Favorite Food Bloggers:

If you see a facebook group or website that posts my photos and writing onto his or her page instead of linking to SouthernPlate.com directly, they are in violation of both the Federal DMCA Act and Copyright Law.

The reason why this is bad is because it costs a great deal of money to operate SouthernPlate.com and other websites where content is illegally taken from, my server bill alone is more than most people’s mortgage payment each month. When people take content that others have written and developed and put it on their sites, it makes it harder for those offering the content to pay the light bill, for services that they provide free of charge to you.

Hours, sometimes days, are put into creating one post, that all the offender’s do is copy and paste in order to drive traffic to and  promote their site and/or facebook page. Once our content is stolen, we are also penalized for having duplicate content on the internet, and our recipes receive lower priority in search engines as well.

Often when this happens, it isn’t meant as a violation of a federal law and is just someone who wants to share a recipe that they really liked. But sometimes, this is done by people and even companies who repeatedly copy and paste content from those who have worked hard to develop it, willingly and knowingly.

Often, these people say “You can’t copyright recipes”.  While you can’t copyright a random list of ingredients, our writing (descriptions, introductions, instructions, etc) and photographs are copyrighted – and each post represents hours of work that these folks steal in under a minute and use as a platform to build their sites on.

However,  just about everyone reading this who shares recipes do so with no malicious intent, and bloggers realize that. This is intended for those who willingly violate federal law despite having received complaints, and having been reported, by knowingly and repeatedly stealing content from sites to place on their own.

If you see a site or facebook page with repeated complaints, a blogger who has to build new sites because their old ones are taken down, these are clues that such sites and pages are being run by repeat offenders who fully understand that what they are doing is illegal. A lot of people don’t realize that the websites we enjoy free of charge cost a great deal of money to operate. These sites and pages that run primarily off of stealing content from other sites take all food bloggers one step closer to not being able to afford to continue.

It’s easy for us to share a recipe. While photos are copyrighted, all of the bloggers I know welcome sharing photos as long as a link to the recipe is given to the recipe rather than the entire recipe reposted.

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See my examples of how to legally share a recipe and photo below:

I love Stacey Little’s Sweet Cornbread Muffins! Here is a link if y’all wanna check out the recipe! http://southernbite.com/2013/01/09/sweet-cornbread-muffins/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Made this Stuffed French Toast last night. You have to try it. So easy! Here is where I found the recipe! http://www.southernplate.com/2012/02/overnight-stuffed-french-toast.html

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Thank you so much for helping all of the bloggers who provide free sites around the web for all of us to enjoy and special thanks to all of the Southern Plate Family members who have emailed and messaged me to make me aware of this growing problem. Without all of you, there wouldn’t be a Southern Plate!

*If you are a food blogger who would like to repost the above statement, changing out your url for SouthernPlate.com, please feel free to do so. Let me know in the comments if you have and I’ll be happy to add a link to your blog below so that others can enjoy you recipes, too! Thank you!

Special thanks to the following friends from the blog world for all of their hard work and dedication in helping educate folks around the web on content theft. Please leave a comment below if you would like to add this to your blog (it’s not required though!) so I can add your link to this list. 

The post it place                              

pinchofthissmidgeonofthat.blogspot.com

FoodiewithFamily.com                

LarksCountryHeart.com

CallMepmc.com                        

bobbiskozykitchen.blogspot.com

theCountryCook.net                    

 Cooking with K

MommysKitchen.net

Mumsie’s Gourmet

Good Food Gourmet

Sweet Tea with Cindy

SouthernBite.com

Simple Fare, Fairly Simple

South Your Mouth

Basil Momma

Goodness Gracious

The Cozy Little Kitchen

Syrup and Biscuits

Grammas in the Kitchen

For a great article explaining a little more about the abuse food bloggers are dealing with right now, please click here.

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    • says

      I didn’t make my examples clickable because I wasn’t doing this to drive traffic but you make a good point, those photos make me hungry and not everyone will know how to copy and paste a link. So per your suggestion, I’ve make them clickable now. Thanks! :)

  1. Norma in NC says

    Thanks for info Christy. I don’t really understand how blogs work so I have a question. If you have a recipe posted I want to make, can I copy that to MS Word so I can print and take to the store? Also, I don’t want my laptop sitting on kitchen counter so I need a hardcopy. I posted a recipe on keyingredient.com and later saw my own picture on somebody else’s recipe. I didn’t like that….lol. I don’t have Facebook because I simply don’t have time and I don’t care for the drama that I hear people talk about. I do feel that I miss out if there is a giveaway on a blog and I have to enter via Facebook. Thanks,

    • says

      Absolutely! Please do! The problem bloggers are having is with people stealing our content and posting it on facebook groups and websites as their own. You are the exact person we’re here for and I’m honored that you use recipes from SouthernPlate! Print away, save them, and please enjoy!

  2. says

    May I be added to the above list? Basilmomma.com
    I had a picture and recipe recently taken and used on a page I won’t name here. The picture was of my son. We made a pie together. I asked to have it removed and the page owner refused saying she took the picture. I won’t go into what I emailed her as a response but after I reported her to Fb and my attorney contacted her she removed it.
    I received threats from her ‘fans’ , lost followers and had some pretty rough days. And I’m just the tip of the iceberg!
    Thank you for sharing this!

  3. says

    Hi Christy!
    You have said exactly what so many of us have been trying to get across. I have had several photos and recipes stolen and they won’t remove them. A few of the recipes are some that I made up myself and the photos were taken in my kitchen! I had to start putting my blog address across the photo so if it is stolen, someone (hopefully) will realize it doesn’t belong to her. I’m honored that someone would want to share my recipe…but taking credit for it is a different story.
    Please add me to your list above. http://grammasinthekitchen.blogspot.com/

    Thank you again for sharing this! We appreciate you!

  4. says

    Just curiously, does re-pining a Pin of one of your recipes also violate the Federal DMCA act? And do your sponsors and giveaways offset your server bill? Do you have any of the websites or Facebook sites that upload any of your recipes or photos without giving credit? Because I’d certainly like to see an example of someone who might be stealing one of your ideas without credit. That would be unfair indeed.

    • says

      Repinning is a wonderful thing. Pinterest has really gone to great lengths with their system and a pinned picture brings you right back to the original location of it in just a few clicks. This really isn’t about folks who pin recipes, share on facebook (using the share button or link), etc. This is about people who absolutely take content and pass it off as their own. There are countless facebook sharing sites that have my content on them right now. Just yesterday I found a page that copied and pasted one of my recipes, descriptions, and photo and said “This came from my Grandmother”.
      As far as giveaways, they don’t offset any costs for me because I don’t charge to do them. A lot of bloggers do and I really should, but I don’t. I am a bad business person :) I don’t really have sponsors except for maybe a few posts a year and that just adds a few drops to the bucket. I could get more sponsors but I prefer to be able to write on my own terms as often as possible. Ad revenue does help offset most months, but when your content is put onto other sites, it reduces the amount of people coming to your site and therefore the ads that folks click on are reduced – while the other sites they are on get the revenue that content would have generated for you. It sure is a whole lot easier and quicker to copy and paste than it is to do the work, I’m sure!
      Thanks for asking Kathleen and I hope you are having a wonderful day today!

  5. Debby Gordon says

    it is such a shame that this is happening. Thank you for sharing this info with us.
    I agree with us knowing who is stealing your content then we can ensure that we dont go to their site. Their should be a published “avoid” list. thank you for all that you do and the others who are legitimately making a difference.

    • says

      Hi Debby! Maybe there is one, I’ll look around. The problem is that once a blogger reports one of these pages, the page owners retaliate. They have their followers threaten them, report THEIR site to facebook and blog platforms (The Country Cook actually lost her facebook page for a few days because once she reported content theft, the violator reported all of her photos as stolen and facebook had to investigate- the realized she legally owned them but did not shut down the page who falsely reported). Hundreds of threatening emails come in, threatening comments on our sites, and harassment from all angles. These people doing this are not nice folks. They play innocent in public but dirty behind the scenes and they have no intention of stopping.

  6. says

    Thank you for this information! Yes it’s really been a problem for me, even with my smaller blog. I take pride in what I do on my blog, and we put lots of time, energy and love into all our photos and recipes!! Thanks again. :)
    Blessings,
    Leslie

    • says

      Exactly. We spend hours, days, weeks, and in a few minutes they take it and post it as their own. Food blogs are so enjoyable and such a great community but if this persists, they won’t be able to support themselves and the well of content to steal from will eventually run dry.
      The worst part is the vicious attacks from the folks who steal content once they’re reported. This has definitely gotten criminal and some of the sweetest people are receiving very severe threats from folks with thousands (and sometimes hundreds of thousands) of followers on Facebook.

    • says

      Thank YOU Cris! So glad I could be of a small help. So many bloggers from around the web are banding together, especially with the vicious attacks they’re receiving for reporting the theft. Hoping we can help the well meaning folks to know what to stay away from!
      Gratefully,
      Christy

  7. Mollie Duvall says

    Christy, what an informative post. I am not a blogger, but I am a big reader of blogs…especially cooking blogs. I was not aware that this theft was such a huge problem. Good for you for bringing it to the attention of your readers. Y’all need to “circle the wagons” and take care of the bad guys.

    Love , love, love your recipes and especially your stories. Your beautiful spirit shines through every post. Thank you.

  8. Shirley W says

    Right now the “followers” of one of those pages is harassing and threatening the person who does emilybites.com. Wish there was something that could be done about those types of pages.

  9. Margy says

    Christy, I read this same post on SouthernBite yesterday. So who “stole” it from whom? LOL
    Actually I found your site through Stacey, and I know you are friends. As I told him yesterday, those pages are fairly easy to spot on Facebook. (People who post four or five recipes a day. Photos that are taken by many different people. Recipes that appear in the message as opposed to going to a link.) As soon as I realize what is going on, I no longer go to those pages, and I “unfriend” if I have been previously duped.
    Good luck with this. Stealing is stealing, and I don’t want to support it,

    • says

      I shared this a few days ago and gave bloggers full permission to use it because I fretted over the language for two days and knew it would be easier for other bloggers going through this to just copy and paste rather than have to write it from scratch :)
      Margy, you are awesome! thank you SO MUCH for supporting us!

  10. Linda says

    Hi Christy, sorry people are doing things like this. I do copy and paste some of your recipes into word documents but I put a little note at the bottom that it is a Christy Jordan recipe. Now I also copy recipes off of different facebook sites but most of them don’t say who is responsible for the recipe. I have noticed that many of the different pages have the same exact thing on them and I don’t know if they get them from Pinterest or steal from each others pages. If so that just isn’t right. If I could figure out who was stealing I would unlike their page but usually am not able to do so. By the way I never copy your pictures only the recipe so i can print it out and use it in the kitchen. I don’t use a laptop and the computer isn’t in the kitchen. Thanks for all you do your blog is great.

  11. Linda B. says

    Hi, Christy! I just finished reading every word of each of the above comments. Very informative-but I’m still confused! I’m new to your site-and so enjoy your “words of wisdom” and your recipes. THANK YOU for them. The four-leaf clover article really turned around an otherwise not-so-nice day…Fond memories as a kid of searching for and delight in finding one of them…

    A few months ago I joined Key Ingredient and have so enjoying gathering and saving recipes “all in one spot”. I do save your recipes to Ziplist, but then there’s two places. Am I allowed-or NOT- to save one of your recipes to Key Ingredient as long as the source (your site) is revealed? When you’re not “twenty-something” it’s hard to grasp some of this! I want to do the right thing. Thank You, Christy!

  12. says

    Good article. I saw Dianne (Will Write for Food) share it on Facebook and arrived here. I had been wondering the same why some people don’t give credit when copying pictures. They’d even take the pains to crop the original watermark out. And especially wondering – why are some food bloggers ashamed (?) to share the sources the got their recipe from. Surely everyone gets inspired in some way; the recipes and proportions don’t just appear in a dream…

  13. says

    Thank you for posting this Christy. I am a “small” blog compared to your’s, but with all of the horror stories I’ve heard out there regarding this subject, it’s scary to think what could happen as my blog grows. I shared your post on my blog, as well as my facebook page. I’d love if you added my blog to the above list.

    April

  14. Cassie Wilkins says

    Thanks Christy, for the information. When I share a recipe with family and friends I always say where I got it, always. And then I tell them to go on Amazon and buy your book! Which some have done. (my book was a gift from my daughter who lives in Austin TX and she got your signature to make it extra special. And it is VERY loved and used, lol, spots and spaters over it. I do wipe them off of course.) Thanks for all of your time and energy. I know it is very much appreciated.

  15. Pam says

    Thank you so much for this information. I had no ideal about this and I am wondering or I should say have a question. If i post a recipe say on Pinterest that I pinned from a cooking site or even a friends Pinterest that she liked and wanted to pin it so I would have the recipe easy to find am I doing something wrong. I don’t want to do anything wrong and I am so new to all of this and honestly I don’t understand it all just yet. I usually try to post if I know the cooking site’s name I will say something like I got this from such and such but I don’t use a link, I give credit to that site, is that okay to do? Sorry, so many questions but I do not want to take away from somebody or do something that is wrong. If you can help me with these questions I would appreciate it or at least give me some ideals about sites like Pinterest. Thank you!

    • says

      Hey Pam! Don’t you worry one bit, I’m happy to answer any questions you have! First of all, if you’re worried about doing something wrong, I want to let you know that you are not the type of person who is causing problems :)
      When you Pin a recipe, the best thing to do (in order to help support the site it came from) is pin just the photo. Most blogs have a “pin this” button up at the top or bottom of the post that allows you to do that. That way, whenever you want the recipe, all you have to do is click on the photo and it takes you right to the post.
      BUT, if I didn’t make sense (I’m kinda sleep deprived right now) or if you have more questions, please don’t hesitate to ask so I can clarify. When you share recipes this way (by pinning the pictures or sharing the link on facebook), it actually helps the blog. When the full recipe is shared, folks have no reason to go to the blog that shared it so it hurts them rather than helps.
      Gratefully,
      Christy

  16. Kay says

    People want all the Glory and none of the effort to get something these days. It is a shame people are so sorry or lazy to do something them self. I love your blog. Is this correct when we click on your ads on your page you get something for it to help pay for the site? I do not always check out all of the ads but if this is the case I will make sure I do from now on. We want your site to continue for years.

  17. says

    Right before Christmas I found a blog that had stolen my content and published it as her own. She even put HER watermark on MY photo, so I know it was deliberate. I contacted the legal department of her webhost and she took it down, along with all the other craft projects she had posted (which I’m guessing she also used illegally). It was very upsetting! There really isn’t any way to keep people from stealing content, but I do watermark my photos now.

  18. Cheryl says

    It’s sad and a shame that people are stealing your hard work. If I discover that someone has stolen someone else’s content, I would post something on the thief’s site crediting who *truly* originated the information.

    Keep up your excellent work. I always enjoy reading it. There’s love in your posts and recipes.

  19. Millli says

    Thank you very much for your post, I am so sorry to hear you and others have to go through all of this. I just started my own blog and have had second thoughts about finishing it with all that people go through. There is so much to learn and to worry about people stealing just does not seem worth it. I love your postings, recipes and learning about your family and all the love you share, I will continue to enjoy your posts. God Bless :-)

  20. says

    OK, so as a fellow blogger, there’s a few things that can be done here. First, the DMCA notices are simply empty threats unless you intend to file a lawsuit. Send them on, but there are easier ways to set things up.

    On a technical level, most places use a ‘scraping’ program, which works automagically in getting your pictures and recipes. There’s rarely a human that’s copying and pasting (and that’s a different animal to tangle with). This ‘dumb’ scraper scoops up a blog post and pictures from your RSS feed.

    Two things here, and both assume you’re on a self-hosted WordPress site. When we’re done, your photos will have a watermark, and sites that steal your stuff will be sending links back to you.

    Geek level: 2.5 out of 10
    Time required: about 5-10 minutes

    Step 0: download and install a free plugin called ‘Watermark Reloaded’. This plugin automatically overlays a watermark over every picture you upload. This can be as small or as big as you like, any text you want, and any color. Now your photos are safe.

    Step 1: From your WordPress backend, click Settings > “For each article in a feed, show” – click the button for “Summary”. In other words, the RSS feed (where the bots are getting your post) will show a snippet of your post, not the full post.

    Step 2: Install a plugin called “WordPress SEO” by a company called YOAST (http://www.wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordpress-seo). There are several others that will add a message to your RSS feed, but this one incorporates a lot of features into one free package.

    Step 3: After installing and activating the plug-in, a new sidebar item on the left called “SEO’ should appear. Hover over SEO, then click RSS. By default, the second text box down (“Content to put after each post:”) should already have the codes to create two links after each RSS feed item. You could add a link to anywhere you like, but the default is exactly what we need.

    Step 4: Enjoy having other websites send you links! They’ve gone from stealing your posts to marketing your posts for you.

  21. says

    Thank you for taking the time to share this so thoroughly for people to understand. I would love to be added to your list and, we can all keep learning as this landscape changes. PS…I am totally making your version on the key lime cake that this message was originally posted. Mine was not as moist as I wanted, and I am sure yours will be better. :-)

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