The Urban Dictionary defines the word “Goboz” as “kick ass” or “da bomb”. We at Goboz.com define it as the best local site in town!
Whether searching for a new salon or a hot new restaurant to try, you’ll find it on Goboz.com. A simple voting system allows you to instantly know what business is hot and what is not, while customer comments give you more detail.
What makes Goboz.com different than the other local search sites you’ve used? Well for starters, anyone can vote for a business…no registration required! Have a favorite coffee shop? Submit it to Goboz.com and it shows up instantly on the homepage for others to vote on! Finally, listings have all the information you’ll need, like integrated maps and deals/discounts, without having to click through to other sites. But if you need more info, the business’s web site is linked right there for easy access!
What else makes Goboz different? They’re apparently lifting original content from other Portland blogs and websites, and posting it in a way that makes it look like their own writers penned the reviews.
Like this review of Zibas Pitas, posted at Goboz (warning, their site is very, very slow):
It’s a reposting of Cuisine Bonne Femme’s review at her new site devoted to Portland’s Food Carts:
Yep, that’s the same review, and Cuisine Bonne Femme’s clearly went up first. Sure, GoBoz’s version has a generic link to foodcartsportland.com at the bottom, but when it says “Posted by jemima” at the top, it gives the appearance that “jemima” wrote it.
Cuisine Bonne Femme—who also writes and moderates at Portland Food and Drink—is not happy about Goboz’s use of her copyrighted work. In a terse email this morning, she demanded that Goboz remove her content ASAP:
I noticed that GoBoz has pretty much stolen and posted several reviews and listings from my site foodcartsportland.com verbatim without my permission, without linking to my site, or without crediting me as the author. I noticed that you have also stolen material from other blogs in a similar manner.
This is unacceptable and not very nice, and I would like to remind you and GoBoz that materials on foodcartsportland are under legal copyright protection.
Jeremiah Kastner, CEO and Founder of Goboz, replied to Cuisine Bonne Femme’s letter (and I’m waiting for a call back from him).
I wanted to start off with apologizing for our BOT grabbing your Food cart listings. We are in the process of going through Goboz and removing them right now. I do want to say that we did have a link back to your site on every business profile and that we have no ads on our site . We never intended to profit from your hard work if anything we hoped to drive even more traffic to your site. Again I apologize and in the future we will make sure that we do not link to your site.If you have any questions please feel free to email me.
CBF says that Goboz is ripping off other sites, too, so I did a little digging. Sure enough, Goboz has taken content from the Mercury’s site. This review of Escape from New York Pizza is posted by “gobot,” but neglects to link to our listing, despite lifting the review, word for word. (And despite Kastner’s assertations that “every business profile” has a link.) The review for Nutshell looks like it came from VegPortland.com, Queen of Sheba’s from ethiopanrestaurant.com’s guide (ditto Jarra’s), The Jade Lounge from the Portland Tribune, etc, etc.
So, Kastner, what’s up?
More after the jump!
As readers in the comments have pointed out, Portland Food Carts lists a "Creative Commons" license, which allows material to be shared, if it's propertly attributed and not-for-profit.
Attribution. You must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work).
CBF outlined her attribution guidelines in a further email to Jeremiah (who still hasn't responded to me).
I really do like the idea of your site (alas so much better in theory than CitySearch). However, the way you currently have it set up it comes across as pretty blatant plagairism and stealing. It might be a good idea to restructure your site and here are some suggestions: 1. At the top of each post clearly and boldly state the original author and source (Such as PROVIDED BY FOODCARTSPORTLAND.COM , Cuisine Bonne Femme, Author. You should also put a direct link to that source in a more prominent location. 2. Only post the first line or two of the original post and then have a "read more" link that takes the reader to the original source. 3. Rather than list "posted by KittyKat, Jemima, etc" at the top of the post, move it to the bottom and say "linked by" because the way it is structured right now makes it look like KittyKat, Jemima (hey that's you!) are the actual authors, and well, in most cases as I found out, you are not.
Jeremiah's response to her:
I agree we may need to reevaluate how the listings are posted . Our main goal for Portland has always been as we get bigger the sites that have reviews etc on Goboz get pulled up in more prominence . Kindof a win / win situation for all of us. I am going to sit down with our team later tonight and go over your concerns and ideas that you listed below.
And, back to CBF:
You certainly need to not only reevaluate the way you post content, but more so, you need to fix it, pronto. But explain something to that I find very troublesome in your below response. How exactly is having one's content lifted word for word and posted in full on another site without the author being credited, or by only being given a teeny-tiny link at the bottom of the post, and sometimes not linked to at all a win-win for everyone? That's only a win-win for you.You get free full free content without having to get permission or having to spend the time researching, writing, or paying for the expenses that go into it (including paying writers). It builds up content for your site, starts building search engine crawls towards your site that bring in readers, but really does nothing at all for me except steal the above away from the rightful owner.
In addition, whoops, you forgot about the whole legal thing of potential copyright infringement.
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