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got a complaint about an article i copied

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by syek1, Apr 17, 2011.

  1. syek1

    syek1 Regular Member

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    Okay so long story short I copied an article, spun it and blasted it with amr. The guy from the website where I got the article contacted me and basically threatened to take legal action. I just ignored it. Is this something I should be worried about? Is there anything they can actually do?
     
  2. louisp2500

    louisp2500 Regular Member

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    He cannot prove that you have copied the article, he cannot do anything, don´t worrie
     
  3. TheNatural

    TheNatural Registered Member

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    Good, sound, legal advice.
     
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  4. Jabong82

    Jabong82 Power Member

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    Every now and then I run into this problem. However ultimately they cannot prove you did it, and after a while they just go away :)
     
  5. fnd80

    fnd80 Regular Member

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    I'm pretty sure I wouldn't listen to anyone who spells the word worry "worrie."

    Also, as far as him not being able to prove you copied the article...if he wasn't able to prove it, how do you think he found out that he copied it in the first place?
     
  6. louisp2500

    louisp2500 Regular Member

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    lol so because i did not spelled a word correct, i don´t know what im talking about??

    Haha you are nuts! and btw im not american.

    He can´t do anything about it, and he also have spuned the article, so it´s not the same, forget about him!
     
  7. zj09ff

    zj09ff Newbie

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    Of course there is a chance that he can sue you but the chances of him doing that and actually winning the case is pretty low.

    I'm just surprised that the owner of the article put so much efforts into tracking the spunned articles and you down. The guru would have said that the time would be better spent promoting and optimizing his own business.
     
  8. dalailama

    dalailama Junior Member

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    So what have we learnt? Don´t steal stuff if you don´t have the balls to bare the legal threats, simple as that.
     
  9. daveguy

    daveguy Power Member

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    it's just a threatening e-mail, I would take the time to type out a threatening e-mail if someone stole my stuff, it only takes 10 min. He's just trying to scare you tho. He could take you to court but is it worth it for him?
     
  10. polocolto

    polocolto Regular Member

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    Ad hominem. This does not prove he is wrong.
     
  11. fnd80

    fnd80 Regular Member

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    Maybe not, but the rest of his comment does. Just because you "spin" an article doesn't mean the original writer can't come after you for copyright infringement. How do you think he found him in the first place? It is obviously a clear derivative of his original work, which is protected under copyright law. Is he going to come after him? Maybe not. But maybe this guy is actually a lawyer or is really pissed and wants to make an example out of this guy. Just not worth the risk.
     
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    adembo75 Newbie

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    I really don't understand what you're saying. He, him, his, him... WHAT. Lol
     
  13. iseegreen

    iseegreen Power Member

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    theres not much you can do really.

    you already blasted the article out - so its not like you can take it back


    it's really up to the guy whether he wants to spend the time and money to chase after you. Personally seems a little overboard but depends whether he is a whack job or not.

    the one thing I would do is take the article off my site - if you still have it there - and don't admit guilt in any email you send.
     
  14. ScrapeBoss

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    Maybe you did not spin the article very well. That was how he caught you. Next time, use manual spin approach to be sure that every trace of the original article has been erased.
     
  15. seoguru13

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    As someone said in the thread, i would advise taking the article off your site first. Secondly, if there is a significant spin done, I see no reason how he can prove that you copied from your article only.

    I frequently have tussles, when someone lifts my article straight from ezine and posts them on his own name. I do drop the website administrator/user and try flagging the page somehow. But, these are cases of straight lift offs, which is not your case.
     
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    you shouldn't trip off this. He didn't see you copy the article from his site, and he can prove you sent the article blast from AMR. If you did something behind a closed door, and you were the only one that knew what you did, how can someone prove you did something if they weren't there. If he does take action, play it cool. Deny everything and tell him to prove it. Maybe someones trying to set you up, who knows, as far as he knows, you have haters. Feed some BS.

    Also, wipe your internet history. Not just cookies, but more like things in the index.dat file. That way, they cant trace what you did by taking your computers memory. I made the mistake of not clearing any memory on my drive. It was used in court, but they couldn't prove i did what they were trying to get me for.
     
  17. zj09ff

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    Yeah there is no doubt a violation of copyright law has been committed, regardless of your spin. But the onus is on the original author to prove that you committed the deed.

    I find the advices by others as to your next step of action to protect yourself rather useful.

    One last thing to consider, if you and original author are in different countries (especially if both of you are not in US), then it is even more unlikely that the case would make it on a court anywhere.
     
  18. efwebs

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    Changing the words doesn't change the content of the article. You are still stealing his ideas.

    If you get caught, then own up to it and fix it. Delete the articles.

    Chances are he wouldn't press it far enough to get you in trouble with the law, but he could report you to your hosting, for example, and get your site shut down.
     
  19. larrydetuvi

    larrydetuvi Regular Member

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    Could the article owner use this thread as evidence? Just asking..
     
  20. Talsin

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    If the spin job was so bad that the original author was able to tell you copied his work, you deserve to get done, not just by the content owner but by Google as well.

    Talk about slack.