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Copyright Infringement - They want your personal information.

  1. Don Bobbitt profile image92
    Don Bobbittposted 2 years ago

    I have several Hubs that other sites have copied, so I decided to go ahead and go through the tedious process of working on the problem. But, when I followed the link to the site. Once at the site, there it was, a cheap and total copy of my article, word for word. But, here is the problem; To leave a comment and notify them, they require that I sign in and then they require a lot of my personal information. How should we handle such situations?

    1. relache profile image87
      relacheposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      According to DMCA complaint guidelines, when you file a notice of infringement, you will have to disclose your legal name, your physical address and an email address.  If the site is asking for that same stuff, you'll have to disclose that one way or another to someone.

      If they want more information from you than that, you would do best to file a Notice of Infringement with the site's technical contact, which is what Phyllis is suggesting.

    2. The Examiner-1 profile image83
      The Examiner-1posted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Do not sign in and give them your info, they might take your security.

      1. Don Bobbitt profile image92
        Don Bobbittposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        Yeah. That was my concern. I already have years of battle scars on the web with protecting my personal information, so this site made the hairs on my arms stand up.

        I guess, i will just have to file with DCMA directly without giving them any kind of chance to manage themselves.

        1. Don Bobbitt profile image92
          Don Bobbittposted 2 years ago in reply to this

          For everyone's information the site is called:
          It seems to be a large collection of copied works, pasted verbatim onto the site, even with the authors name, hubpage address and more.
          Arrogance at its best, I guess.

          1. The Examiner-1 profile image83
            The Examiner-1posted 2 years ago in reply to this

            It was acquired by LinkedIn 2 years ago as of last May. (I may drop LinkedIn). It has been around longer and seems to be run from Thailand or Hong Kong or somewhere over there.

            1. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image94
              TIMETRAVELER2posted 2 years ago in reply to this

              Slideshare copied one of my hubs awhile back, I contacted Linkedin and t he  offending article was removed within an hour.

        2. Lorelei Cohen profile image85
          Lorelei Cohenposted 2 years ago in reply to this

          Don what I do is skip the site itself as usually if these folks are disreputable enough to steal your work then they are someone I do not want to share my personal information with (plus they usually do not respond anyway).

          I do a search to find their webhost and that is where I file the DMCA. The webhost is obligated by law to remove your work from their website. You do have to share your personal information when filing the DMCA but at least this direction you are more likely to be dealing with a reputable person.

          You can use this site to discover the host:  whoishostingthis.com

    3. Marisa Wright profile image94
      Marisa Wrightposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Where are you trying to leave a comment - on the post itself?  Don't do that.    Look for a "contact us" button if you think the site is legitimate and deserves a warning.  Otherwise, go straight to the host and file a DMCA

  2. Phyllis Doyle profile image93
    Phyllis Doyleposted 2 years ago

    Do not sign in - file a DMCA

    1. Kylyssa profile image95
      Kylyssaposted 2 years ago in reply to this


      There's no point in signing up to the plagiarist's website when it's a scraper.  Do not pass go, do not collect $100, go directly to your nearest DMCA notice form.

  3. Kylyssa profile image95
    Kylyssaposted 2 years ago

    Skip right to sending a DMCA notice.  You can trust the ISP or Google with your information but don't sign up to the plagiarist's website to write a comment.  I used to try that and it generally resulted in absolutely nothing and then I had to file the DMCA report anyway.  But a few times leaving a comment on a plagiarist's website resulted in unwanted side effects like email spam, getting foul and threatening emails, and threats to file a DMCA complaint against me!

    I only bother to directly contact the person who stole my content if it's a blog owned by someone who doesn't seem to know any better.  For instance, when churches and charities copy my homelessness articles word-for-word on their blogs, a polite note asking them to link to it instead and explaining why usually works.

  4. FatFreddysCat profile image94
    FatFreddysCatposted 2 years ago

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