The site http://englishqna.blogspot.com seems to be reposting all our questions and answers. Now, I understand that the data is under a permissive license, but the attribution requirements don't seem to be met.
Good news, http://englishqna.blogspot.com has been removed.
Is http://englishqna.blogspot.com violating EL&U copyright?
Yes and no. It's violating the copyright of EL&U users, but neither EL&U nor SE hold copyright of the content.
The problem is doing something about it, since SE doesn't have the power to act on behalf of its users. The copyright owner (i.e. the OP) of each post would have to file a DMCA complaint about his/her posts with Google, but there is no way to combine these complaints or make them simplier in any way (because in theory, people could have relicensed their posts).
So basically, you can file a DMCA complaint with Google if and only if you were the original person to write the post.
As @waiwai says, it appears to infringe our copyright as contributors and copyright holders. Unfortunately, following the “report abuse” link doesn’t offer any option short of submitting a full legal copyright infringement request, under penalty of perjury and so on. But as I understand it (caveat: IANAL!) we have a clear-cut enough case here to be safe submitting our claims; so I dug out a few of my posts there, and under the “describe the infringing content” section, used the following:
The entire content of this blog seems to be scraped, without attribution, from questions and answers posted at english.stackexchange.com, which are licensed (by default) under CC-wiki with attribution required. The posts linked are several of my contributions; the other content was originally contributed at english.stackexchange.com by many users, and appears to have been reposted here without any attribution, authorisation, or added value. The issue is being discussed at meta.english.stackexchange.com/questions/2152.
I’d encourage others to do something similar (feel free to reuse/adapt that wording) — hopefully if enough of us do, it’ll get acted on.
To find a few of my own posts there, I looked down the list of answers from my user profile, and searched for distinctive words from their titles on the blog.
(Honestly, I don’t care that much about this individual example… it’s not exactly hurting me personally. But as I understand it, things like this are part of a business model that runs by scraping vast amounts of content, at very small profit margins but at virtually no cost to the scraper, the cost being that life gets a bit worse for anyone looking for information online. And if just a small proportion of the infringees can report them, those tiny profit margins go away and the web gets a bit cleaner and tidier.)
An update: I clicked on the "Report Abuse" button on the blog -- it takes you to this page. I chose "Copyright/Piracy issues", and filled out the form, asserting that I'm the copyright owner, and that I understand the legal consequences of making false claims. It takes you here. I gave links of five blog posts on that blog that contained copies of my questions and answers, without attribution, along with links to the corresponding posts here. Two days later (today), I got an email saying that those posts have been removed under the DMCA... and indeed they have.
This is good, but unfortunately, the rest of the posts on the blog continue to exist. But perhaps if a handful of people separately file copyright complaints for their content, the blog will be suspended for good.
I've added a help ticket to the Blogger help forum to get this stopped.
I've put it down as feedback, but I might have chosen the wrong place :S
I've had my content removed from the blog by using Google's DMCA takedown service. As I said to Google,
This is licensed under CC BY-SA, but has been reproduced without proper attribution.
If everyone whose material has been similarly scraped puts in similar requests, Google will get tired of dealing with them and will probably remove the entire blog. I can't see that blog being very useful to anyone anyway, so it'll be no loss to the Internet.
I just Googled "we DON'T have a ball game" as per @Tom Au's answer to What is the meaning of the expression “we have a ball game”?, posted three hours ago.
Imagine my surprise, gentle reader, when I discovered this among the dozen of so hits returned!
I know we have some seriously savvy techies here (maybe some legal eagles too). Does anyone have any idea what if anything can be done about "http://b.vniup.com/"? So far as I can see, the entire site consists of (probably illegally) scraped content, and I personally can't even see how you could find out who to complain to, let alone how.
This is appalling. It is flagrant web scraping. It is very different from (what seems legitimate to me) sites that re-use and cite StackExchange content e.g. http://developmentprofessionals.org/ but do not do so EXCLUSIVELY. I found the development professionals site at random, but from casual observation, noted the variety of content, including original entries as well as entries reproduced from English SE, Yahoo! Answers, The World Bank etc.
Why is there no distinction made between re-use and wholesale website copying!
I mean, if it is allowed in these instances, IT SETS PRECEDENT! If these sites are allowed to continue with these practices, then anyone else can act similarly, without fear of retribution or being told to cease-and-desist. The only barrier would be personal ethics, but that is off-topic.
Reproduction of SE content in its entirety, with no additional content will become an implicitly allowed behavior. Is this a matter for MetaStackExchange, to deal with in some centralized way, and with the benefit of counsel? This is misuse of users' content, but it has a larger scope, relevant to SE's owners and investors.
I have just discovered this discussion redirected from this new question, so I went to have a look at the scraper and saw this line Check more discussion of this question under each Q&A, has it just been introduced after complaints were filed to redirect towards EL&U or has it been there all along?