I Never Thought It Would Happen To Me!
Posted 05 November 2006 - 07:57 AM
One of these guys is someone I actually helped a few months ago so my blood is really boiling over this.
Posted 05 November 2006 - 08:37 AM
Posted 05 November 2006 - 08:53 AM
- file a DMCA complaint with the webmaster, the domain holder, the registrar, the hoster, the ISP and Google. Copy + paste.
- often, the hoster will take the site down temporarily
- wait for that and then use Googles Urgent URL removal tool to filter the domain from the index for 180 days
Very important: Secure all evidence. Get a secure and independant source to 1. confirm your ownership / original authoring of the content in question and 2. confirm the other party's unautorized re-use of your content. Don't wait, do that now. Can you prove that you had the content online before they did? Perhaps you can find links to your content, quotes used in blogs, etc etc. Secure all of that -- perhaps even get those people "signed up" as witnesses (that you had the content online on a certain date/time). Getting all of that when it comes down to a court case later on would be close to impossible. Get it now. Get it certified by someone else, if you can.
Just to be clear: you don't want to file DMCA complaints on a whim; make sure that it really is the way you think it is and -- perhaps -- try to clear it up one-on-one beforehand, if you can. If the other party is in the same country as you are, you might be risking a lawsuit if you can't back up your claims.
Another thing: if someone likes your content enough to copy it, perhaps you can turn that into a win-win situation? (on the other hand, if someone knowingly copies your content, they are likely not the kind of person you want to trust with a business relationship...)
Posted 05 November 2006 - 09:01 AM
And in the process: try to turn his feelings of shame into your benefit LOL :whistling:
Posted 05 November 2006 - 09:08 AM
Oh. Uh... I'm going to send him an email later today when I calm down. But since we already had a "relationship" I don't think he'll be very responsive. I really didn't think he would do something like that to begin with so now...
I can absolutely prove it was my content first.
With the other guy he is in a different country and I'm not sure what to expect. I suspect his whole site is scraped content.
There is probably more of this going on but when I got mad I stopped looking. I'll have to dig in more later.
Of course I'd like to avoid the legal route if posible. Hopefully all of these scrapers just go away with an informal email but...
Posted 05 November 2006 - 10:08 AM
Oh, and if they are using RSS feeds, then that's a case of using only snippets for your feeds, rather than full articles. Helps avoid that problem.
Edited by dazzlindonna, 05 November 2006 - 10:09 AM.
Posted 05 November 2006 - 12:14 PM
Posted 05 November 2006 - 05:16 PM
Posted 08 November 2006 - 10:04 AM
Normally I wouldnt mind but when just one or two words have been amended, and one sentance added to the beginning of the article, and all linkage to the original article taken out, you start to get p***ed off.
Various correspondance with the webmaster has so far failed to yield a response.
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