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What to do about stolen content/DMCA?

Discussion in 'Blogging' started by hockeyroom28, Jun 22, 2009.

  1. hockeyroom28

    hockeyroom28 Registered Member

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    I'm using WP-O-Matic w/ full content feeds, and within 24 hours, I have had 2 requests from rights owners to take down their articles. What do I have to do to comply with DMCA? Is there a way to show the source/original author of these articles through WP-O-Matic?
     
  2. doshosting

    doshosting Junior Member

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    It doesn't matter if you show the source or not. If they want you to remove it you have no choice. The thing to do is write your own posts, build up your followers. Don't know if this helps or not, but be very careful using WP-O-Matic...
     
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    hockeyroom28 Registered Member

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    Thanks for the reply - how do people scrape content then w/ WP-O-Matic then?
     
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    I had a whole autoblog network of 700+ blogs (i made a script to use keywords from google trends to automatically create autoblogs, so it was pretty much no work), and got atleast 50 complaints to remove the content. Guess what I did with each? ;) DELETE! Trust me, no blog owner is gonna go out of his/her way to screw you over.

    I did end up getting deindexed from google, but it wasn't cause of their complaints but because I wasn't changing the articles at all =/
     
  5. hockeyroom28

    hockeyroom28 Registered Member

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    So they are basically just gonna threaten me? This one guy already told me hes going to my host to report it.
     
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    stealthisblog Regular Member

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    Well I don't want to give you bad advice that can screw you over, but in my case everything turned out fine. Who knows though, there is always a chance you're copying from the wrong webmaster... its a risk to leave it up because your host may not like it if the guy reports it, and its a risk if you take it down because you might have been able to get away with it... I would maybe check with your host and see what their policy on that is, I doubt he copyrighted his blog post anyway...
     
  7. Deprecated

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    A copyright notice is all that is necessary to have content covered by the DMCA (using the CC license). I originally had my attorney send out DMCA notices for me to the webmaster first, then the host and even affiliate programs if the webmaster didn't comply with the first notice. I have never once had any host refuse to pull a site immediately upon getting a DMCA from a law firm.

    Now I can send the DMCA notices myself and skip the fees and hosts and affiliate programs always pull the plug on customers/affiliates without question. Honestly the content owner doesn't HAVE to send you a DMCA first. He's doing it to be nice and hopefully avoid a hassle with your host and sponsors. Do yourself a favor and comply or you'll likely find yourself deindexed and without a host and sponsor.

    I had an autoblogger who wouldn't remove my original posts and 6 pictures I personally shot of a tornado from his sites after getting a DMCA from me (he told me to go fuck myself). I ended up notifying Adsense, Clickbank, a couple of CPA programs and CCBill. Every single one of them termed his account almost immediately, he was deindexed from Google and then I sent his host a DMCA notice and the host pulled the plug on him. None of his domains have ever come back online. In fact, I bet that guy is/was here on this forum somewhere. :D
     
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    Rick4691 Registered Member Premium Member

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    This has been answered on the following threads (and probably elsewhere, too):

    http://www.blackhatworld.com/blackhat-seo/blogging/79453-any-estill-using-wp-o-matic-dont-use.html

    http://www.blackhatworld.com/blackhat-seo/making-money/83254-auto-blogging-how-legal.html

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    You could also add a plug-in like WP Write Again! that will automatically change incoming feeds to something that no one in their right mind could complain about infringing on their copyright:

    http://www.blackhatworld.com/blackh...ll-articles-generate-tons-unique-content.html
     
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    c0ntenth|ef Power Member

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    sometimes the owners would be ok if you put up a link to the original source on your site but why not just rewrite it a bit it saves trouble :)