I’ve since spoken to Hip-Hop Gamer about this subject. Click here for more details. HipHopGamerShow.com has also taken down their copy of The Video Game Writers’ article.
This Hip Hop Gamer post uses almost the entirety of this news post by Jason Evangelho of The Video Game Writers. For some reason the Hip Hop Gamer seems to think this is okay, and what’s more he seems to think it’s alright to simply provide a “shout-out” to TVGW at the end of the post.
This isn’t the first time the Hip Hop Gamer has stolen content from other sites, and it probably won’t be the last. Remember, this is a man who has openly bragged about stealing articles from other sources. It’s ironic that a man who demands respect from others at trade shows should be so disrespectful of other people in the field.
This shit is unacceptable, and someone needs to reign him in.
As Jason himself pointed out to me on Twitter, the Hip Hop Gamer has Google Ads on his site. He’s making money by stealing other peoples’ hard work. The simplest and best thing to do, if you’ve had your work stolen by HHG, is to lodge a complaint with Google Ads. They have very clear policies about the theft of other peoples’ content on sites using their service:
AdSense publishers may not display Google ads on webpages with content protected by copyright law unless they have the necessary legal rights to display that content.
Jason has filed a DMCA complaint with Google concerning HHG’s theft of his work, and I’d strongly advise that anyone else who has found their work copy-pasted onto his site do the same.
Thanks to Brian for sending this my way.