I can't believe this. Amazon.com sells dozens of books about how to avoid and protect yourself from plagiarism, but at the same time they're ripping off content from my Vermont Woods Studios furniture website and claiming it as their own. Check out this site. It's an Amazon site selling cheap imported furniture and claiming it's Vermont made. The URL and the title contain the words "Vermont Furniture". The site automatically and systematically copies content from this blog, my twitter account and from other Vermont furniture makers' websites.
Do you find this surprising? I've tried contacting Amazon and asking them to take the site down, but they don't acknowledge my emails. My next correspondance is going to be to the Vermont Attorney General. I realize it's not Amazon.com per se that's copying my content. But the site owner is displaying Amazon's logo, linking to an Amazon account and sending the user to Amazon.com. Amazon has to take some responsibility — and probably shut this guy's account down.
I'm sure they wouldn't just pick on small Vermont furniture makers. Seems to me like it must be part of a far bigger black hat marketing scheme linked to Amazon. You may want to check and make sure they haven't hijacked the content on your website. Let me know what you think. Have any ideas for how to deal with these parasites? Please send them my way. Thanks!
The Nature Conservancy is one of our favorite charities here at Vermont Woods Studios. TNC has been working to protect Earth’s most important natural places — for us and future generations— for nearly 60 years. They are one of the leading conservation organizations in the world and their reputation for great science and smart partnerships is renowned.
Plant A Billion Trees is one of TNCs ongoing projects that dovetails with our mission of forest preservation at Vermont Woods Studios. The goal is to save one of the world’s most endangered rainforests, The Brazilian Atlantic Forest:
“Animal and plant life of every imaginable kind live under the lush, green canopy of Brazil’s Atlantic Forest. High in the treetops, golden lion tamarins forage for food while woolly spider monkeys gather fruit and nuts. Blue-winged macaws, red-tailed parrots and countless other birds call out while elusive jaguars prowl the forest floor.”
The strategy is to plant a tree for every dollar raised: one dollar, one tree, one planet. You’ll start to see fundraising buttons on our site as we get this project up and running over the next few months. Our goal is to raise $2000 for the initiative. You can make a lasting difference now and for future generations. All it takes is a dollar. Thanks for your help!
Well, there’s plenty of blame to go around for industries like timber, soy, beef, fertilizer, pesticide and so on. Those industries need to get going and get on The Green Train too! And as the highest value-added industry, The Furniture Industry Needs to Step up and Change the Way it Sources Product. Here’s why:
- Much of the clear-cutting of the rainforest is done to produce timber for furniture and flooring. Incredibly, up to 90% of today’s imported furniture-grade wood is illegally harvested, from the rainforest. Look around your house. If you have mahogany or teak furniture that is not certified as sustainably harvested by a third party non-profit such as the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) it’s a good bet that furniture came from clear-cutting the rainforest.
- China has taken over about a third of the world trade in furniture over just the last 8 years, making it the leading importer of timber from tropical rainforests. Logging practices that supply the timber are typically illegal and labor conditions are deplorable. Again, chances are if you’ve purchased furniture in the last 10 years, it was made in China of illegal wood that may have come from as far away as the Amazon in South America. Peter Goodman and Peter Finn of the Washington Post did an informative article on the shocking state of corruption and illegal logging in China and elsewhere. Read it, then get on board The Green Train!
More urgent reasons behind Vermont Woods Studios fight to save the Amazon and other rainforests:
- The Amazon Rainforest oft described as the “Lungs of our Planet”, recycles the green house gas, carbon dioxide into oxygen. More than 20 percent of the world’s oxygen is produced in the Amazon!
- You won’t believe this but widespread fires in the Amazon, set intentionally to clear land for agriculture, are now making Brazil one of the world’s leading greenhouse gas producers!
- At least twenty percent of the Amazon has been cut down/slashed and burned in the last 40 years (more than in the previous 450 years of European colonization)
- Scientists predict that another 20% will be lost over the next 2 decades
- Nearly every road in the Amazon is unauthorized — cut by trespassing land sharks (with forged phony land titles) who clear the land for timber, pasture and soy production. (Brazil is the world’s largest exporter of beef and second only to the US in soybeans. Rainforest soil is not suited to these purposes, thus mass amounts of pesticides and fertilizers are used further worsening the problem)
- I’m not making this stuff up. My sources aren’t some left wing groups you’ve never heard of. Check out some of these mainstream references: National Geographic, Audobon Magazine, United Nations Millenium Ecosystem Assessment, CNN Planet in Peril. If we want to keep breathing oxygen, we’ve got to get busy and do something now! Read more and get on The Green Train.