11 Oct Bankruptcy Research on the Internet – Beware of Scraper Sites
Bankruptcy internet research is something that many people do when they start thinking about filing bankruptcy. There have been several blog posts on the Bankruptcy Law Network about bankruptcy mis-information on the Internet. Online bankruptcy information is not necessarily true simply because someone publishes a statement or opinion on a web site or blog.
If you did not know this already, there are many web sites and blogs that exist in cyberspace solely for the purpose of generating passive income for the site owners.
These sites often “scrape” information from other blogs or web sites and republish the content along side a column of Google Adsense ads. The purpose of these sites is to encourage you to click on one of the Adsense ads, thereby generating revenue for the site owner.
For example, there is a site called lawyermemo.com that regularly scrapes every blog post from my Atlanta bankruptcy law blog. In addition to scraping my content the lawyermemo.com site owner also scrapes content from a number of other blogs. If you look at the site, you will see that it is Adsense driven. If you try to look up the site owner on the “whois” directory, you will see that the domain owner uses a masking service to shield his or her name – there is no way to identify the site owner, and the blog itself contains no contact information.
The information that lawyermemo.com scrapes from various sites and blogs may or may not be accurate. My point is that you would be taking a risk to assume that the information on this AdSense blog or others like it is accurate and up to date.
The Bankruptcy Law Network was created for the purpose of publishing accurate and up to date information from practicing bankruptcy lawyers. The information on this blog is not legal advice – if you want advice specific to your situation, contact the Bankruptcy Law Network lawyer near where you live. However, the lawyers on this blog do not hide their identities and we encourage you to contact us for additional information.
Jonathan Ginsberg, Esq.
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