And the winner is…

The Grammys, the Oscars, the 7×7 Link Award, ’tis the season for giving folks swag and telling them you like them.

We at Caterpickles are joining in the fun with an extremely prestigious award of our own.

Some of you already know about the Great Blog Heist of 2011. For the rest of you, I’ll sum up: last December a Scurrilous Scalawag stole my Trunki Product Review and presented it on his own website as his own work. This was irritating. Even if he did preserve all my original links in the post so that it continued to link through (and theoretically drive traffic) to my blog.

No matter how many eloquent articles I read by Paulo Coelho arguing that piracy was at the heart of his own success, I couldn’t get past two simple facts:

1) I am not Paulo Coelho.

2) Someone stealing my words and posting them as their own really ticked me off.

There was no contact information on the website, naturally, so I left an angry note via the comment field for the stolen post requesting that the website owners either add my name as author of the post or remove the post from their site entirely. Naturally comments on the site are moderated, which being a savvy blog owner myself, I knew meant that my angry rant was most likely to be simply deleted.

And that’s where things would have stood, if it weren’t for David Bowles, an old friend of mine who just happens to be a lawyer.

David used his ninja web skills to track down the hosting service for the website (the owner of the blog itself being rather shy). He then set me up with a template for a Notice of Infringement and instructions for filing it in a manner that would hopefully spark the requisite amount of quailing on the part of the hosting service. He also drafted a lovely cease and desist letter, just in case my faxes failed to produce the appropriate amount of quailing (fortunately, we never had to release his letter into the wild).

And did I mention he did all this while his wife was in the process of delivering their second child?

For actions above and beyond what I had any right to expect, I’m pleased to offer David Bowles the 2011 Caterpickles Defender of the Realm award. David, I’m glad you’re in my corner. Thank you.

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About Shala Howell

Writer of things ranging from optical network switching white papers to genetic testing patient education materials to historical fiction set in an 1880s asylum. When I’m not scratching my head over pesky characters who refuse to do things how I want them done or dreaming of my next book (which will of course be much easier to write than the current one), my writerly self can be found blogging about life with a very curious Ten-Year-Old at Caterpickles.com, or musing about books and the writing life at BostonWriters.wordpress.com.
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