“Carsqa.com is a bunch of rotten thieves – and we admit it,” wrote carsqa.com editor Chuck Kerkarian yesterday. However, this surprising confession did not stop his publication from committing further egregious acts of intellectual property robbery. The written admission of guilt was followed by an article stolen by carsqua’s Alex Johanssen from Murilee Martin at caranddriver.com, and another one purloined from Alex Dykes at TTAC. Even after admitting guilt, Carsqua’s Chuck Kerkarian steals a Chevrolet Impala 2.5 review from Caranddriver, and a 2013 Volkswagen Jetta TDI vs. Hybrid comparo from Mike Solowiow from TTAC. (I wouldn’t steal from an F16 driver, but that’s just me.)
To make the robbery complete, Carsqa asserts copyright for the stolen stories.
The robots that make those auto-auto sites, better known as para-sites, know no shame. An astounding 1880 hits were produced by an EXACT Google search for “Carsqa.com is a bunch of rotten thieves – and we admit it,” the headline of yesterday’s story at TTAC, and soon thereafter the title of an identical story at carsqa and thousands more.
Carsqa has been singled out by us, but it definitely is not alone. I will not be surprised if there will be a new story in carsqa and many others, headlined “Carsqa.com Admits Flagrant Intellectual Property Violations, Commits Some More.”
P.S.: Yesterday, I wrote that there are amazingly few ads on these para-sites. This remains to be true. With a few exceptions. One of them being Amazon.com, apparently an advertiser on the Carsqa para-site. Being one of the world’s largest retailers of books and digital content, Amazon should have a vested interest in the protection of intellectual property, and it may want to review the practice of advertising on para-sites.
Likewise, we encourage all producers of handmade original content to poison the well that feeds the parasites.