Top Five Ways to Stop Content Theft

Copying Content without the permission of the original author and using it for either commercial or personal purpose is considered as a crime in digital world. Recently I faced the problem of content theft by other blogger and I took some steps which will result in removal or even banning of the site. When I faced this problem few months back, as per my complaint the site was banned for questioning and never came up.Most of us don’t know in case of this scenario what we have to do. Its easy actually. Here are my top five ways of stopping content theft.

Contact the person who copied:

Dont be surprised, This is the first step you should take. The reason being many people are not aware of this law. They might be trying to promote you or many be they just don’t know. Ask him ( through contact page or email id ) “kindly” ( Yes, anger is of no use I have more points coming up) to remove the post. It works in case the person is genuine and had made a mistake.

Contact Hosting:

Every Hosting ( i.e where a site is hosted) follows some law. Under which they can ban the site in case of content theft or any illegal activity done by the same. All you need is to find out who is the host of the site who copied content. Then find output the abuse email or contact email of the hosting. Mail them with original and copied url with some valid proof which could be date of the post. They will bring down the site. Thanks to Darren Rowse (Problogger.Net ) who tipped me for this and it worked

Contact The Advertiser Services:

Content theft is done fore mainly for two reasons, Money and traffic. So 99% chance are they must be using some kind of advertising service. Even the advertising services are binded by the same law. They don’t want to advertise on “splog” like site. Here is an example from Adsnese team who replied my mail on the same scenario.

Hello Ashish,

Thank you for bringing this issue to our attention. I have forwarded your
finding to our team of specialists for further investigation.

To uphold the quality and reputation of Google AdSense, all AdSense
participants are held to our program policies and Terms and Conditions

If is found to be in violation of any of these policies, we will take the
appropriate action on the account.

We appreciate your taking the time to offer us feedback about this website
and encourage you to continue to let us know how we can improve Google
AdSense.

Please note that Google respects the rights of copyright holders and
publishers. It is our policy to respond to notices of alleged
infringement that comply with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (the
text of which can be found at the U.S. Copyright Office website and other applicable intellectual property laws.

If you believe that another site is illegally copying the contents of your
copyrighted material, you may send a notice of alleged infringement by
following the procedure at https://support.google.com/adsense/bin/request.py?contact_type=violation_report&. When
you have sent the notice, please notify us at [email protected],
and we will take appropriate action.

The best comment that was made on this article was:

  • Steve Parker, July 2, 2007:

    1) and 2) Fine; good advice. 3), okay, if it is clear that your content has been ripped off.

    5) This should be #1. If you have posted some content on the internet, and not explicitly laid claim to your copyright, you are in a pretty weak position.

    So then we get to 4):
    This is the first time I’ve seen a real fanboy post in favour of the DMCA. And it’s almost totally incoherent.

    Copyright law in most countries (and certainly in the USA, which is where the DMCA has power) will prohibit others from claiming your content as their own. The DMCA basically adds to this (IANAL), that – if you add some technological protection in an attempt to stop others from copying your content – that it is illegal for others to circumvent that, or even for them to know how to circumvent it.

    So – for example, if you use ROT13 encryption:

    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    NOPQRSTUVWXYZABCDEFGHIJKLM

    Such that “A” becomes “N”, “P” becomes “C”, and so on, it would be illegal for anyone else to know about that “encryption” – however obvious it may be. The DMCA was brought in to protect Hollywood and the RIAA from the threats to their business that the internet, in particular, posed to their business model. As the business model (sell VHS, DVDs, Vinyl, tapes, CDs, etc, and accept that some people will give copies to friends) was f*cked by the internet (hey, I can give copies to the entire planet), and they didn’t even see it coming, let alone adjust their business model to provide on-demand digital delivery as an option for (otherwise willing, paying) customers, they lost out. So the lobbied for the DMCA, because they realised that (a) it is impossible to stop all copying, and (b) they actually benefit from the word-of-mouth promotion of their content.

    The DMCA is not your friend; it makes you a criminal for watching a DVD on your PC, if you don’t happen to use Windows or MacOS. It makes you a criminal if you burn CDs to your MP3 player. It makes you a criminal if you even know how to do these things, even if you never do it.

    I am speaking as someone who puts content online (http://steve-parker.org/sh/sh.shtml – gets about 2,000 visitors per day, online, all for free) and sells it at the same time (a few people per month decide that the PDF version is worth paying for (with all the sample scripts in plain text files, too). It’s all possible with “wget” type scripts, but I’m happy with that; there’s nothing I can do to ensure that nobody could possibly get the benefit of buying the PDF and scripts, without paying me, but I charge a reasonable enough price ($4.99) to make it not worth bothering ripping it off. I’m sure that some people do; not enough to be significant in my logs, though.

    Traditional copyright, and particularly the copyright behemoths (MPAA, RIAA, etc) are f*cked by the internet, because they were too slow to see it coming, and are too stupid to understand how to deal with it.


About Ashish Mohta

A Professional Tech blogger, Editor and Writer who talks about solving day to day problems of people who use computer. His expertise are in Windows 7, Microsoft Office, Software, Mobile Apps and Video Posts.

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