When I checked the status of my latest hub to see if it had the featured snippet, I found a video on Youtube that was ranked higher than my article. It was MY article, word for word and read by a computer, and already had twice as many page views as my original work.
I informed Google about the plagiarist, of course, and the video was taken down the next day. Google, however, does inform the Youtube scammers about who filed, and the person has already written me 11 times asking me to retract my copyright claim so that his channel does not get banned. He is playing the family card, and has told me that this channel is their only source of income.
Does anyone know what would happen if I did ask Google to retract my copyright claim?
YouTube changed the rules . It's very unlikely that anyone is making money. Your work has no effect on his channel. They probably have plenty of other stolen work and need to be stopped. Hold your ground. Do not give it to them.
Under no circumstances should you give into this guy. He likely is lying about everything anyhow...once a cheater, always a cheater. He knew he was stealing when he copied your work...he just hoped you wouldn't catch him.
Thanks for the support, TT2. I think I fell for his sob story the other night but I looked at the other stuff on that channel, and as Gallery of Grace mentioned, there are hundreds of other stolen articles on there. (Not mine. He has taken all of the Pethelpful stuff off of there already since he knew I noticed.)
This person is making a living by using other people's work. Please do not validate his/her theft by allowing it. He's playing you.
Hold your ground in regard to the copyright claim.Do not give in to scammers and fraudsters.Do not retract the copyright claim.It is your right to have your content ranked by Google.
I already have the featured snippet for this article so even though it was only published this month it is getting decent traffic. What I am nost concerned about is that if I retracted my copyright claim I would not be able to file a DCMA against someone else down the road.
For any DMCA notice, contact details have to be included.
No expert, but think you are correct in that assumption. Also, if you withdraw your complaint, you may risk your article being considered as the 'copy' and lose ranking/views.
Hold your ground and ignore the sob story. Don't allow yourself to be guilt-tripped. If his account is going to be banned, then this is not his first infringement.
Hi Bev - You're right, but my privacy (and safety) is too important.
Nothing to do with Google, if you file a takedown they get your info--its a legal requirement. So you have to decide whether to take that risk.
If you file with the host rather than with the scammer, only the host gets your info.
I wouldn't recommend lying on a legal form but you can use a separate email and PO Box.
I don't know if this helps any - but I use an email which is dedicated to YouTube and is not used for anything else.
That's incorrect TT. Although the DMCA is filed with the host, the details are passed on.
I have experienced this from both sides. Several years ago, I received a DMCA notice via my host, from a firm of solicitors acting on behalf of a rather well-known motivational speaker, who appeared in The Secret. This person was trying to assert copyright over a public domain document. Consequently, I submitted a counter-notice to this effect.
More recently, I submitted a DMCA to a host, as one of my articles had been copied in its entirety, on a forum. I was contacted by the website owner who was extremely apologetic and took appropriate steps to remedy the situation.
In short, there is no anonymity as far as DMCA is concerned.
Even if the family sob story is true (unlikely), my response is, well, get a legitimate job. We all have bills to pay and many of us have families to support, but we're not all out robbing banks (okay, that's admittedly more extreme) and stealing articles. Find a way to legally earn, and if you don't have the skills needed, get them.
And could you really sustain a family on YouTube views? Even if you doubled the revenue on all my articles, they wouldn't sustain a whole family on their own for long. Unless I'm underestimating the video's traffic or the amount that YouTube ads pay, something here reeks.
Anyways, I'm sorry this happened. Been there, done that, and it's never fun.
I have no idea how many views he was getting, but he had thousads of videos on there (and probably all copied). When I went there yesterday to see if more of my stuff was on there almost ALL of the dog videos had been take down. I am not sure if he did that, or Google did, but it definitely is not a life sustaining channel anymore, even if it was.
You are so right--the whole thing reeks!
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