BigBrotherAfrica.com – scraping its way to AdSense revenue?

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Believe it or not BigBrotherAfrica.com is not the official website for Big Brother Africa. What they are though is the official scraper of the Official Big Brother Africa.

Your Web AddiCT has been monitoring the two sites for a couple of days now and this is what I’ve found.

  1. The official Big brother site was professionally designed, BigBrotherAfrica.com most definitely not.
  2. BigBrotherAfrica.com scrapes, copy/pastes, every news article found on the official Big Brother Africa site, makes one or two changes embeds a video and does not link back to the original source.
  3. BigBrotherAfrica.com is plastered with Google Adsense around the scraped content

I don’t know about you but this leaves a foul taste in my mouth. Is bigbrotherafrica.com violating copyright laws? Would love Paul Jacobson, the number one Web Lawyer in South Africa‘s thoughts on this. Even if the official Big Brother Africa site was released under Creative Commons the BigBrotheAfrica.com site would be in violation.

PS: You can Vote for Big Brother Africa using MXit.

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