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Warning: THE Aesthetic Report Is Stealing Our Content And Publishing It As Their Own

Quite a number of readers alerted me to the fact that THE Aesthetic Report is blatantly stealing content from Medical Spa MD and other sites and publishing it as their own.

I've never had any real contact with THE Aesthetic Show or THE Aesthetic Report (both are owned by Medical Insight Inc.) but this is quite obviously theft of content from our site and presumably others as well since NONE of the articles in the email were written by them. They were all taken from someone else.

To add insult to injury, these guys post the content that they steal  as '© 2012 Medical Insight, Inc. | All rights reserved'. Nice.


Here's the email that I received linking to the Medical Spa MD article that they posted on their site.

The Aesthetic Report

The Aesthetic Report


Here's the stolen article they posted on their own site.

The Aesthetic Report_____________________________________________________________


So why am I pissed since they put a 'Source: Medical Spa MD' at the bottom of the article?

Look, these guys are stealing content from others in order to entice you to sign up to their email list. They don't add any value or offer anything in exchange. They don't ask. They just steal it and then they put a link back to to the original content right at the end with a sucky little 'here' link. It's sleazy. It's plagiarism. It's illegal. AND it's insulting.

In this one email, they've also posted entire stories from: The [UK] Telegraph, New Life Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, and Marketwatch. I don't now about New Life but I can clearly see that both the [UK] Telegraph and Marketwatch explicitly forbid copying entire articles in their terms, as do we. (I'm going to have one of our staff go back and contact all of the original article sources to see if they've ever given permission for their content to be hijacked.)

What would have been acceptable is if they would have asked nicely first, or just posted a single paragraph with a keyword link wich is certainly acceptable, but of course they didn't do that because they want everyone to think that they have permission and that this is their content.

Of course THE Aesthetic Report is doing this so that they can send out their marketing emails under the guise of actually offering something of value. Too bad that they had to steal it rather than just ask.

Reader Comments (4)

You can be sure that all of the content that they're producing is just a cut-and-paste job. I've seen these guys before and it makes me wonder if they're going to be around, of if they're going to get sued into oblivion.

01.20 | Unregistered CommenterHWS

I guess that the best you can say is that they're fans... Of course they may just as well have cut an pasted the first few articles they ran across. It doesn't speak very well for their conference I'm afraid.

01.20 | Unregistered CommenterCutter MD

Well, one problem they may run into is not having gained permission from the author as Jeff Barson did for this site ;)

You can be sure that all of the content that they're producing is just a cut-and-paste job. I've seen these guys before and it makes me wonder if they're going to be around, of if they're going to get sued into oblivion.

04.21 | Unregistered CommenterRamsy

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