The Doghouse: Demiurge Consulting
They claim to be “one of the nation’s only and most respected security and intelligence providers”—I’ve never heard of them—but their blog consists entirely of entries copied from my blog since December 24. They don’t even cull the ones that are obviously me: posts about interviews I’ve given, for example.
I contacted them last week and asked that they stop stealing my blog posts. I got an apologetic e-mail in response from Karim Hijazi, whose email sig file identifies him as “Principal/Founder,” but nothing has happened since. They haven’t stolen any new posts, but they haven’t taken down the old ones either. I suppose I could sue them, but public ridicule seems more fitting. (If you’re reading this post on the Demiurge site, I’m Bruce Schneier. Hi.)
EDITED TO ADD (2/23): The blog posts are down, and there’s a message to me in its place:
Speaking to the team that handles the blog component of the Demiurge website, I have learned not only have they been able to find at least 23 other websites syndicating content from Mr. Schneier’s blog, but there are more than three websites offering full blog post syndication links including Schneier’s blog.
Further, why would you find it offensive if we find your content very interesting to our clientele? If we really were trying to make it look like our content, don’t you think we would have scrubbed it? Besides all the links went back to your bloody blog… just more viewers for you. You weren’t thinking when you tried to flame us Bruce.
All you had to do was ask us to stop syndicating, which we did.
And for completeness, here’s Hijazi’s original e-mail response to my request: “Please stop stealing my blog posts and republishing them as your own.”
Please accept my apologies about the republishing of your blog posts.
Quite honestly our web development team was tasked with finding some interesting content to keep the blog component of our firm’s website compelling and up to date; it is clear that they took my request out of context. Ironically, I rarely even look at my own firm’s website!
I have had them stop the republishing immediately. I know of you by reputation, truly respect your work and thank you for being so gracious in your request; you very well could have been obtuse.
Again, I personally apologize for this situation.
I know, I know. But the posts are down, and that’s what matters.
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