Three of my hubs have been flagged as copied and I followed instructions and sent copyright notices to Google. Nothing has happened. The copied hubs - word-for-word text AND my pictures - are still there. How long does it take for them to do something?
Just another thought - to leave a message for the blogger I hve to join the blog. I'm not keen to do this. What do you think?
Forget about sending a takedown request to the thief -it almost never works; they generally have to be a bit more motivated. Your best bet is to find the hosting company and send the DMCA there. The one's in Germany I've found to be the most responsive -- sometimes taking care of business overnight. But many others do well by you, too, with DMCA requests, legally they have to. Google itself should be a last resort in these matters. Good luck, Les Trois Chenes.
It's on Blogger but I can't see how to contact them about this. Thanks for the info. I'll try again.
Try goggling "how to file a DMCA request on blogger?" I'm no expert and have received these hosting companies by asking kind and helpful folks that have a lot of their stuff stolen like Cardisa for instance If you don't get a clear answer on here from other helpful hubbers about finding hosts then maybe ask a direct question about it. I'd like to know how to reach tumblir without having to join!
See my Hub "Remove Stolen Content from Blogger or Blogspot" – It tells you exactly what to do.
If you send a notice to Google, it won't make the website disappear. It will only remove the site from Google's search results.
To get the content taken down, you have to file a DMCA with the website or their hosting company.
If it looks like the site is genuine and maybe they've copied your article without realising it's copyright, you can look for a "contact us" form or email address on their site and send them a notice that way.
If it's obvious they are a scammy, spammy site, then don't waste your time trying to contact them - find out who their hosting company is and send the notice direct to them.
Try checking out the main domain URL for the website which has copied your hubs and look them up on "Who Is". Send the copyright notice as well to anybody listed on the Who Is data.
Do NOT join the blog. That's why they copy content - to get email addresses.
Google isn't the internet police, they can't and won't do anything. The only thing I've found that tends to stop them is if you can find the real names of the people stealing your work and shame them publicly, preferably to their employer.
They can and will deal with DMCA complaints if you use their form. They just won't do anything to prevent it happening in the first place. Also, I wouldn't recommend going to war with the thief by trying to destroy their reputation. I expect that would result in more of your work being plagiarized, your computer or accounts being targeted for hacking, an attempt to destroy your reputation in return, or possibly even a lawsuit against you (they can claim their plagiarism was because of ignorance). Do file a DMCA complaint with Google or the appropriate webhost though.
This is the form you need to use if it's a "blogger" or "blogspot" page that is hosted by Google: https://support.google.com/legal/contac … ct=blogger
I've used it dozens of times and it's always resolved in the right way. However, they are terribly slow. Usually it takes about 3-4 weeks for the infringing page to be taken down.
If it's not Google, then go to the `whoishostingthis' website and put the URL into the box. See who is hosting it. Hopefully that will tell you. If not, then also make a note of the nameservers and IP address that are helpfully provided. The nameserver (also sometimes called DNS server) should relate to the hosting company unless it's hidden by the thief. Sometimes you'll need to search for the nameserver in google to see which company runs it. If the nameserver is fake, then do a google search for the IP address and see what that throws up. I've found tcpiputils.com to be useful for using the IP address to find the real nameserver.
Most hosting providers are quicker than google and will take an infringing page down within a week... though one took over a month once.
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