Two separate sites have copied a significant amount of one of my hubs. Both credit me in their articles. Both copies are word-for-word copies but do not include my entire hub. Neither uses Google AdSense. How damaging could this be to my site? Do I have much of a case? What should I do?
The fact that they provided attribution is unusual but nice. Did they also link back to your hubs? If so, it should not damage (and in fact should enhance) your site, provided the site isn't a total spam site.
If there is no backlink it might be worthwhile to contact the site owner(s) and request one - even nofollow would be good enough for attribution purposes.
If you think the sites are junk you could ask the site owner to remove the content, but given your hubs were cited as reference I would probably not go this route.
I'd file notices of infringement and have the copies taken down.
Agreed. Anyone scraping large portions of a hub need to understand that that isn't acceptable. Small sections with a link provided, yes, but not a major part of the hub. One can drive traffic to the hub, one removes traffic.
It's tough to assert infringement on pages where source acknowledgement is made unless an all rights reserved notice is made on the source document.
It is infringement when it doesn't fall under fair use. Attribution has no effect on that and is not substitutable for permission.
How easy is it to get cooperation vis a vis fair use? Plagarism is rampant on the web and if you or others know of a magic wand to get rid of it I'd sure like to have it.
If i judge it is not fair use I send a take down notice. So far this has been effective in all but one or two cases. If i can't get them to take it down I get Google to de-index it which has a similar effect. Writing (in various venues and forms) is my business and, to me, protecting my trademarks and copyrights in an efficient way is just part of that. If you know and follow the law, it isn't difficult or time consuming.
Appreciate the feedback. I have had an awful time with that.
If you set up a basic DMCA form it is just a matter of putting in the new urls. Most people would rather pull it than debate it. I only get into a discussion about it when I think it is an honest mistake, I am willing to give permission, or the user seems to be a child.
I think I also need to state that the two sites also have a significant amount of original content about the same content. They obviously started to write an article and then realized my hub addressed the issue too, so they copied part of my hub and then gave me a credit. I guess what I'm wondering is can they use a lot of my hub and call it a quote if they have original content too?
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