Copyright theft: persistence pays :)

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  1. theraggededge profile image98
    theraggededgeposted 5 months ago

    I've been tussling with a particular website for a couple of years now. They published an article of mine on two of their product pages. I've had the blasted pages taken down three times, and each time they've popped back up. The last time it happened a week or so ago, I sent them a bill for $250. Didn't hear from them, no surprise.

    Today the two pages are back up again, so I file yet another DMCA with their web host, GoDaddy. This time the whole site was taken down within a couple of hours and their GoDaddy account suspended.

    Result, right.

    So I'm sitting here watching a bit of TV and the phone rings. It's the website owner. Very apologetic. Someone who was supposed to run the site for him was the culprit. Okay. Anyway, he said he was going to pay the $250... and would I please write some more stuff for him. And he'd pay up front.

    And he did. $300 just received via PayPal, and a new client for me.

    Moral: never give up. Hunt them down... and then sell them your services big_smile

    1. wilderness profile image97
      wildernessposted 5 months agoin reply to this

      Can't beat that for a result!  Way to go, Ragged - we all need to stay on the thieves.

    2. Marketing Merit profile image95
      Marketing Meritposted 5 months agoin reply to this

      Well deserved Bev! big_smile

    3. k@ri profile image90
      k@riposted 5 months agoin reply to this

      That's great news!  Thanks for sharing this.  smile

  2. Beth Eaglescliffe profile image98
    Beth Eaglescliffeposted 5 months ago

    Well done!

  3. Rupert Taylor profile image98
    Rupert Taylorposted 5 months ago

    Wow Bev. Hearty congratulations for taking on a thief - and winning. I'm a total failure at these things. Filing a DMCA thingy completely baffles me. Sometimes I write to the website and demand satisfaction - wet noodles at dawn - or else. Usually, they just ignore me and I curl up in my shell and go Boo-Hoo.

  4. theraggededge profile image98
    theraggededgeposted 5 months ago

    LOL Rupert big_smile

    I forgot to mention, the guy's in Florida and I'm in Wales, UK, so it was a surprise to hear a deep American accent on the other end of the line.

  5. janshares profile image95
    jansharesposted 5 months ago

    Wow, way to go, Bev! Great story, persistence does pay, and apparently very well. wink

  6. poppyr profile image93
    poppyrposted 5 months ago

    Fantastic work! big_smile Enjoy the moneys smile

  7. TessSchlesinger profile image94
    TessSchlesingerposted 5 months ago

    Awesome. Big pack on the back. Someone approached me about using an article of mine on their website and I'd 'get a credit.'

    I explained that articles on hp could not be duplicated and offered to write her one for a fee. She declined, saying she couldn't afford to pay writers, and in fact her clients paid her to publish their writing (advertorial).

    She then told me I was lucky to be paid for my writing -  somewhat resentfully.

  8. Coffeequeeen profile image84
    Coffeequeeenposted 5 months ago

    That's really good news.  Persistence does indeed pay.  Well done.

  9. Azure11 profile image92
    Azure11posted 5 months ago

    Well done that's great!

  10. lobobrandon profile image87
    lobobrandonposted 5 months ago

    Haha, nice job Bev. Congrats.

  11. Titia profile image96
    Titiaposted 5 months ago

    Way to go, congrats.

 
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