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This Blog Stole My Content Now I Cant Sell My Articles!!

Discussion in 'Blogging' started by CashFlowGuy, Apr 5, 2010.

  1. CashFlowGuy

    CashFlowGuy Regular Member

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    I had content from a blog i have that i dont want, and need so i submited to AC. This moring i had 2 offers out of my 3 articles. I look and what do i see. I got hit with copyright thinking i didnt take it off my blog. Nope This dbag stole my content and now i cant sell my article.

    http://easyabworkouts.net/

    I already posted a comment telling him to take it down, it looks like an autoblog so i had no idea what to do because right now he is the owner of this content in the eyes of AC.

    So my question is what should i do i have never encounter this problem.
     
  2. NikoInc

    NikoInc Newbie

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    First Rule don't write good articles for your blog, save those for AC,
    It's a little extra work but what the hell.
    Nice Blog though
     
  3. nanavlad

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    I see your only new here, but surely you realise we share a lot of ouR own stuff here but also other peoples, There are many threads here on autoblogging and many members here have hundreds perhaps thousand of autoblogs,
    I wonder what are the odds on one of the members here owning the autoblog your article was borrowed from.

    Anyway you are here long enough to know what this forum is all about, So dont cry foul, when it happens to you, just grin bear it and remember to sel your articles before you publish them.
     
  4. CashFlowGuy

    CashFlowGuy Regular Member

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    Im so angry because now AC is going to think im stealing articles. Its one thing to use my content, but when you cost me money thats when its personal.
     
  5. GreyWolf

    GreyWolf Executive VIP

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    If you've been reading and learning anything from the forums here, then you know that the main method suggested for getting content is to just rehash stuff from elsewhere.

    They say having your work copied is the highest form of flattery. If it is a blog that is using your articles because they pertain to their subject, then just consider it a compliment. If it's just someone scraping the net for content, then you just got unlucky this time. Either way its not a big deal, somewhere along the line you're most likely going to be using someone elses content to some extent for one of your own projects, so it all works out.

    It's not like you're talking about a lot of money for 3 articles. Just write some new ones.
     
  6. absinth

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    http://whois.domaintools.com/easyabworkouts.net

    Email him and his host, let his host know you own the copyright to the content and he stole it off your blog. It looks like he's not smart enough to hide his address and phone number in the whois info too, so you could call him if that's his real info. If it's fake info you can report him to icann I believe for having fake info and the domain will be taken away.
     
  7. zverr

    zverr Regular Member

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    And how is he going to proof that he is the original owner ?? Just putting something on your blog/website doesn't make it copyrighted material. And hosting companies don't ban their clients for random complaints.
     
  8. meathead1234

    meathead1234 Moderator Staff Member Moderator Premium Member

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    Send him a Cease and Desist (google a template) with a deadline to take the content down. If he doesnt reply, forward that to his host and ISP and you will more than likely get him banned.

    Spend a bit of time and effort on the C&D (with evidence, dates etc) and you WILL get it taken down unless he's hosted offshore.
     
  9. absinth

    absinth Newbie

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    Every host I know of looks into the complaints, if it's done correctly they have to by law. Most people admit they did it and say sorry won't happen again because they are afraid of being sued. If the guy tells the host the complaint is BS then yes nothing will probably happen unless the OP can prove it's his content. Although host do take down clients all the time when they get a large amount of complaints. It's just not worth it for a host to risk getting sued over some person that probably is just using some cheap virtual hosting account.

    If I remember correctly you can copyright stuff by just saying it's copyrighted on your page etc. I'm sure microsoft and every large company doesn't mail off every last article to the US copyright office, but if you do send it off you are covering your ass better.


    http://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ1.pdf

    How to Secure a Copyright
    Copyright Secured Automatically upon Creation
    The way in which copyright protection is secured is frequently misunderstood. No publication or registration or other action in the Copyright Office is required to secure copyright. (See following note.) There are, however, certain definite advantages to registration. See "Copyright Registration" on page 7.
     
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  10. zverr

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    If we must be strict by the law just this small passage dstroys all copyrights :

    What Is Not Protected by Copyright?
    Works consisting entirely of information that is common
    property and containing no original authorship (for
    example: standard calendars, height and weight charts,
    tape measures and rulers, and lists or tables taken from
    public documents or other common sources).

    So if the guy didn't write orriginal ideas but just rewrote other articles (99% of webcontent) it is not copyrighted material.
    Not to mention that Microsoft.com is registered with US copyright office. You don't need to send every single article but your website needs to be registered.

    Copyright Registration
    Before an infringement suit may be filed in court, registration
    is necessary for works of U. S. origin.

    Law is clear. Without registration you can do nothing. And yeah web hosts read these emails but they don't bother. Don't look at the big boys google and microsoft. They sue for using their company names and they can hire the best lawyers. You can't.
     
  11. ed_banger

    ed_banger Newbie

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    In the US, if you create it, and it is original, it is copyrighted. It does not have to be registered with any office.


    Simply send the host a DMCA takedown notice. Follow all of the forms. If you had the article up on your blog originally, and then you took the blog offline, I would suggest putting the blog back online temporarily, and then using archive.org to show proof that your blog had the article first and that you are the proper copyright holder.

    With a DMCA takedown notice, the onus is on the accused to prove that they are not in violation. Most likely they will just take the article down once the notice is served because they know they are in the wrong because they have an autoblog that scrapes/steals other peoples content.
     
  12. absinth

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    Who said anything about rewriting? Of course if the content is different enough it's not the same. Although that could probably be argued by a good lawyer but not the point.

    No you don't need to register. Even others in this thread agree on that not to mention what I posted from http://hiderefer.org/?http://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ1.pdf.
    Who said anything about the OP taking anyone to court? It's just a few articles written by the OP that he wants removed, he doesn't want a million dollars for the copyright infringement.
    They do bother if sent correctly they have to by law.

    I've reported people before and I know people that run businesses reporting others copyrighted work, so sorry to tell ya they do care.

    Oh please now you're talking about different things. Using someones company name (Trademark infringement) isn't even the same thing as using someones copyrighted work.
     
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  13. zverr

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    Yes you need to be registered:
    http://www.copyright.gov/legislation/dmca.pdf

    Section 411(a) of the Copyright Act requires claims to copyright to be
    registered with the Copyright Office before a lawsuit can be initiated by the copyright owner

    This is the law. Some people are just too scary and take down their content without knowing the law. And what about if they don't ?? Then what are you going to do ?
     
  14. miked1919

    miked1919 Registered Member

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    Honestly don't worry about it too much with articles. Theres more important things. Happens a lot. Happened to me a few times. In this industry stuff happens, roll with it. Lesson learned though. Keep your head up and good luck!
     
  15. CashFlowGuy

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    I think AC thinks im stealing articles now, i dont even care as much about the content being stolen. More the fact that he did even spend the time to spin them. I mean wtf is he so lazy he cant us a WP plugin to spin the article.
     
  16. GreyWolf

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    All that means is that if your copyright is infringed, you have to file the registration before a lawsuit can be initiated. Your copyright is still valid and enforceable even if it wasn't already registered.

    The only downside to registering after an infringement, is that the copyright owner won't be entitled to receive "statutory damages" and "legal costs and attorneys' fees" from a copyright infringer. In other words you can only obtain a c&d for the infringement unless it was registered before the infringement.

    I don't think any of that matters to the OP, as I doubt he plans to pursue it over a couple of articles on his blog.

    @OP - as far as your concern about AC thinking you are stealing. Just send them an email regarding the articles explaining that you are the copyright owner by virtue of original authorship and that if they have found other copies of the work, those copies are an infringement of your copyright.
    It is doubtful that they will reconsider and accept your work, but at least you have provided verification that you are the one being infringed on, not the other way around.
     
  17. CashFlowGuy

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    One of my autoblogs is making 1-3$ a day. My traffic from google is growing each day. 3UA, 6UA, 10UA, 12UA. Soon i will get 100 visitors like my other blog i had, and i will be making 10$ a day from it. So now i need to set up alot more of these blogs.

    This probably isnt worth my time when i have 1000 other things to do. I might send a C&D letter when i get around to it but i have links to sell, adsense clicks to keep generating, article content to submit.

    As for lawyer, it wouldnt be worth my time to risk all the fee's and other stuff for some content. Now if i had a big blog and this guy just outright copied me then yes i would have a problem.
     
  18. Alex Brooks

    Alex Brooks BANNED BANNED

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    I'm assuming you've never heard of a offshore hosting account?
     
  19. atomicvenom

    atomicvenom Registered Member

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    I can't believe the stuff I'm hearing in this thread. C'mon ppl. This is the business we are in. Why try to get some cat banned from his host, and all that. You can't go around telling on ppl. Pick up, and move on. Learn from your mistakes, and be quicker on the draw next time.

    Besides, there are much better ways to avenge something like this this than snitching.;)
     
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  20. meathead1234

    meathead1234 Moderator Staff Member Moderator Premium Member

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    This is a business and also my income. If someone tries to fuck with that by stealing from me I will go after them.

    For you it is clearly some kind of game.