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What Would You Like To Do to A Dirty, Unscrupulous Thief?

I just spent far too long following up on a case of copyright infringement. And I'm not done yet. I have at least two more DMCA takedown notices to file with Google, and then I have to track down any other content this lousy, stinking cheat has stolen from me. When that's done I have to document everything, track her back to her web host, and get her site shut down.

I'm also considering sending her a nice, fat bill for the earnings she's been getting on the content she ripped off. I'm thinking I may charge her the upfront pay I would have gotten, had I published the articles with a print magazine. We'll have to see how many more items she's seen fit to steal.

Yahoo Contributor Network

The infringer runs a site called “Rusty Bee” and seems to have scraped these posts when they originally appeared on Associated Content/Yahoo Contributor Network. When Yahoo shut down the Yahoo Voices, I checked to see if these articles were still indexed with Google. At that time I didn't notice the infringement, but it looks like the crook scraped it when it was first published.

If you also published on AC/YCN, you might want to take a look around and make sure you haven't also fallen victim to this thief.

Have you ever had your copyright infringed by an online thief? What would you like to see done to these nasty, rotten cheats?

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bestwriter wrote on July 1, 2015, 1:52 AM

It is not just about losing your articles but if you have deleted your account somewhere and have stored all those articles pioro to deletion and used them elsewhere you need to google search to see if they have not already been stolen as you may get into trouble for having copied theirs (lol)

Dawnwriter wrote on July 1, 2015, 1:55 AM

I see plenty of my articles on other websites. My Helium articles were copied by many people but I have not tried this DMCA thing. is it worth the time and effort?

AliCanary wrote on July 1, 2015, 2:02 AM

Yeah, poddys found at lest two other sites that scraped every bit of our content, and my stuff is on there, too--I have no idea how to pursue the site owners, though. I thought one of them was called tinyjump, but it seems to be gone. That's good!

WordChazer wrote on July 3, 2015, 3:54 PM

Oooh, don't even go there. Anything I publish is fair game for these slimy lazeballs. I had one article that was scraped off a site I used to write prolifically for, but I didn't know about it until I tried to republish it elsewhere over a year after the original site had handed my copyright back before going bang. Google eventually trashed the site, thanks to evidence from Bing which still had my original article in cache.

What bugs me is: are these people thieves IRL? Would they walk into a store and proceed to take things off the shelves then walk out without paying? That's what they are doing to us. Even a link back to where they found the content which inspired them is better than nothing. I'd like to see them required to pay me a cent for every page view I lost to them because they 'borrowed' my work without asking.

I'm all for a bargain, but not when it comes to my work.