Has anyone had any issues with submitting a DMCA complaint about a copied hub to Amazon? Specifically, someone has copied a hub word for word as an answer to a question on Askville. I have been trying for two months now to get Amazon to even answer a query about it but have heard nothing and the content is up still. Just wondering what other hubbers' experience has been and if anybody has any suggestions to get Amazon's attention.
Not a chance. I gave up. I am suing CBS though.
I don't expect to win. They posted one of my articles on tv.com.
I got some copied content taken down from Askville once, but it took a reeeeallllyyyy llllooonnnggg time, and I'm pretty sure more than one request on my part.
I had a lengthy review copied word for word from my site and then posted on Amazon. I was not happy.
Unfortunately, it was a producer of a set of DVDs that I sold that did it.
So, in their opinion my content was "fair game".
I truly don't know who's side Amazon is on.
Those of you who are concerned about Amazon, Askville and copyright issues might want to know that there are two types of "answers" on the Askville site.
Some questions on Askville are answered by members of the social side of the site. Those individuals are not paid for their participation. Other answers, however, are bought and paid for by Amazon through their their Mechanical Turk crowdsourcing site.
Amazon, Askville and Mechanical Turk are notoriously unresponsive to complaints about Askville. The company does not closely monitor the activity of Mechanical Turk workers. Plagiarism from that source is a very real problem. The vast majority of content on Askville that is posted by their paid Mechanical Turk crowdsource workers is copied directly from other sites.
An astonishingly high volume of recycled content has been posted on Askville via Mechancal Turk; literally millions of pieces. They have been allowing and ignoring the practice for several years. Amazon deserves some heat for taking such a hands-off approach to plagiarism in activities that they are paying for. At present, it goes largely unnoticed because the Askville site gets so little traffic.
If your copied content appears in an answer to a question on Askville that is labeled "Bonus Question" you can be nearly 100% certain that Amazon paid someone for the post.
If you have reason to believe that Amazon paid someone to inappropriately scrape and redistribute content from your site, mentioning that might help increase the leverage and visibility of your complaint.
Heck, I can't even get Google to address the issue of copied hubs with their ads on them.
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