A Case of Stolen Network Identity
In this week's episode, I share how upset I was to learn that someone had gone and copied everything that I had spent seven years building at gspn.tv. Some say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. To some degree, I certainly believe this is true. However, there is a point where one can cross the line when imitating others.
One person, who I will not name, crossed this line when he created an exact duplicate of more than 90% of the content of my entire gspn.tv website. This person had created a logo and website header that was an nearly exact replica of my own. This person also used my own custom graphics that I spent hours creating or spent a great deal of money paying for.
This person also went so far as to copy, word for word, every single page of my website, including my network's mission statement and a letter to the community, regarding Plus Membership, that I spent hours creating. If that were not enough, this person also created a podcast called “The Succesful Life Mindset” which is the same name of my own show at http://SuccessfulLifeMindset.com.
Just when I thought there would be no more that could shock or surprise me, I about fell over when I learned that a majority of this person's podcast episodes started off with a word for word duplication of my own network ID that says “Entertaining, Educational, and Encouraging content that makes a difference… This is gspn.tv. Join The Community!” The only difference to any of this was that he replaced “gspn.tv” to put in his own network name.
To say that I was upset over this would be a gross understatement. Rather than get behind the microphone, in an emotionally charged state, I chose to not record an episode of Podcast Answer Man last week. Instead, I spent approximately 8 to 10 hours sending emails to this person to insist that he remove a very long list of things that were duplicated from my site.
I did approach this person with as much grace and patience that I had within me. I am very delighted to report that this person has seen the error of his ways and he's complied with every single item that I've sent. After everything had been taken care of, I spent nearly an hour on a video conference with this person, via Skype, to get the story behind why this person did what he did. Though I know many of you would like to hear the details of that conversation, I'm choosing to simply tell you that the situation was peacefully resolved, without any threat of legal action and that I am quite certain that this person will not be doing anything like this to me, nor anyone else for that matter, ever again.
Has anything like this ever happened to you? Let me know in the comments section below.
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PJ Jonas Tells Us About Using A Publicist
In this episode, I am delighted to feature an interview with PJ Jonas from GoatMilkStuff.com and the host of the Busy Mom's Survival Guide with PJ Jonas podcast. In the interview, you'll learn how she and her family grew a business out of creating soap from Goat's milk.
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