Spamming scam targeting Australian bloggers

This is the email doing the rounds – they want permission to copy your website and make it available on the internet … um, yeah, it is a blog, it is already available on the internet. Be aware.

Request for permission to archive the online publication: Turn Left 2013 website/blog

Dear Turn Left.

The National Library of Australia aims to build a comprehensive collection of Australian publications to ensure that Australians have access to their documentary heritage now and in the future.
PANDORA, Australia’s Web Archive, was set up by the Library in 1996 to enable the archiving and provision of long-term access to online Australian publications. Since then we have been identifying and archiving online publications that meet our collecting scope and priorities. Additional information about PANDORA and access to archived titles can be found on the Library’s server at:

We would like to include ‘Turn Left 2013’ in the PANDORA Archive. I would be grateful if you would let me know whether you are willing to permit us to do so, that is, grant us licence under the Copyright Act 1968, to copy your publications into the Archive and to provide online public access to them via the Internet. This means that you would grant the Library permission to retain your publications in the Archive and to provide public access to them in perpetuity. Further information on what granting a licence would entail can be found at:

If you are willing to grant us such a licence, please complete the short form at the end of this message and return it to me.

There are some benefits to you as a publisher in having your publications archived by the Library. If you grant us a copyright licence, the Library will take the necessary preservation action to keep your publications accessible as hardware and software changes over time. The Library will catalogue your publications and add the records to the National Bibliographic Database (a database of catalogue records shared by over 5,200 Australian libraries), as well as to our own online catalogue. This will increase awareness of your publications among researchers using libraries.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me, Jong Woo Kim, by email or by telephone on 02 6262 1568. Should you find me difficult to contact for any reason, Russell Latham would also be happy to assist you. Russell’s email address is and his phone number is 6262 1471.


I/We grant the National Library of Australia a licence under the Copyright Act 1968 to copy the Turn Left 2013 website/blog into the PANDORA Archive. I understand that this licence permits the Library to retain and provide public online access to them in perpetuity and that the Library may make reproductions or communications of my publications as are reasonably necessary to preserve them and make them available to the public.






Yours sincerely

Jong Woo Kim

We understand that you may want to publicise the inclusion of your website/publication in the PANDORA Archive, but we request that you do not publish this email online.


3 Comments to “Spamming scam targeting Australian bloggers”

  1. ps sorry for the typos – it’s the ‘National Library of Australia’ – you could end up on Titles (481 – 487 of 487) as the numerical double ewes on if you like.
    They haven’t developed the alphabetical search idea yet..

  2. Hey Wixxy
    It’s a bona fide offer as far as I’m concerned – good onya – you’ve got into the parthenon pf bloggitry!!
    The Nation Library of Australia is a marvellous trove of Ozzie Stuff especially with online resources.
    You should be honoured – Pickering wouldn’t even get the bum’s rush.
    That ain’t no spam.. and your recent articles of the last few months demand it.


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