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  • After being a blogger for a number of years I think I have a handle on most things related copyright, and related subjects.

    WP Themes are an example, it’s preferable to leave the theme’s designer name and link on your index but it isn’t mandatory. (I always do btw)

    But what about meta name=”generator” tag in the header? Can it be legally changed and should it be? As we all know for WP it should read <meta name="generator" content="WordPress 1.5.2" />

    This site (A content thief and attempts are being made to shut down) has changed what is the norm to this:

    <meta name="generator" content="XB90 1.5.2" />

    It is obvious in looking at the source it is WP 1.5.2 when you note the style sheet folder is located in the wp-content folder.

    Is that legal, permissable or just “bad form” by a sleazy little content thief?

    And yes, before you ask this is all part of getting him/it shut down. Although I don’t have much hope of success. Om Malik and some of his readers got the job done for a couple of days but he is back up and scrapeing as of this morning.

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  • A quick bump looking for an answer.


    Moderator James Huff


    Halfelf Minion 🚀

    Changing the generator value is permissible, but not recommended. In the forums, we use it to find out what version of WP a user is running so that we can prescribe the best solution for his/her version. And, other services, like Syndic8, use it as a statistical value to chart the usage of various blogging platforms.

    Thanks macmanx, I thought that might be the case.

    Given the sleezebag I’m dealing with it’s not surprising he gets to slither away untouched, AGAIN.

    If it’s any consolation, all the blogs he scraped have been put him on notice by their respective owners and they have been deleated from his site. The only content he has left are two non-blog sites.

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