Just wanted to let everyone know that examiner.com was 100% responsive when I filed a DMCA after finding stolen content of mine "written" by a person named Sharon Burns. They not only jerked the article down, but took down all of her articles after finding she had plagiarized a number of them. She had even posted it on her blog! So now my article is back to number one on Google after taking a back seat to hers (mine!) for weeks! So file that DMCA! Sometimes it actually works!
That's great. Glad it had the desired result. Why is it that we are surprised when something works like it should?
I currently have one copied on a site that sells counterfeit designer purses, and I think it originates in China. I have commented and requested that they delete it, but I don't think they care. The funny thing is, my hub is about why I don't carry a purse.
I find a DMCA works most of the time! The only exceptions have been Chinese sites, so far.
The way I usually do it is to look for an email address or Contact page, then send the webmaster an email using DMCA-style wording, though I soften it a bit, and give them the alternative of buying the article from me (someone did pay me $50 for one once, so it's worth giving them the option!). If that doesn't work, and if they're running Adsense ads, I then file with Google.
That's brilliant, Marisa!
I did try using a mild threat-- though, if these people understood English, I don't think they would have posted my anti-purse article in the first place.
It's always hard to know which way to go. People who have a lot of trouble with theft often don't even bother contacting the webmaster, they just go straight for Google Adsense. However after I had that success with an article sale, I've decided to stick to my practice of webmaster first, and Adsense if they don't respond.
I always include a threat! I usually say something like "you may not be aware that using an article without permission is against Adsense terms of service. If you do not remove my article within the next week, I will have no alternative but to report this matter to Google, who may cancel your Adsense account as a result."
I never heard word one from Google when I filed with them. That was actually my second time reporting to examiner, but they told me they never received the first. I'm just happy she got nailed for it and they actually took the time to look at her other articles and realize most of her content was plagiarized.
THAT is fantastic news! I am so glad they pulled all her articles!
Me, too, Tess. I wish more places would be as proactive as they were. If someone is going to copy an article and present it as their own one time, chances are, they'll do it again. I even left comments on the article three different times, but either she was ignoring them, or they don't go directly to your inbox like they do here.
From memory, I've never received a response from Google either - but the articles were all removed. I always report to Google by clicking on the link at the bottom of the ad on the site itself.
That's good info, Marisa. I think I just looked up how to file a DMCA with Google and followed the link.
That's hilarious, Rochelle! That's a little counter-productive, isn't it?
I originally went to Google with the DMCA, no response whatsoever! Live and learn!
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