So a company who owns a training company copied an entire article on their website and promoted it widely on all the social media you can think of. This really annoyed me. When I posted a comment on their Instagram post referencing the article, they messaged me back saying that that it was their website and page and their writing and I had no right to ask them to take it down.
How do you deal with stubborn and indignant infringers? I have already filed a DMCA infringement report with Google, but haven't notified the hosting company yet (they've got one last chance to comply. Last week I made a report about another website and the complete website account was suspended).
I have a set approach to cheaty plagiarists:
- polite email direct if possible
- non-polite email
- make contact with domain host/ owner
- DMCA, always
So far this approach has worked and I'd recommend you send a DMCA asap.
That sounds very diplomatic. Usually I do that, but most of the time there's no reply from the polite email. So now I nearly always submit an infringement report to Google straight away. At least that gets the page unindexed. Domain hosts can have a zero policy approach to websites and just take them offline for an infringement.
Frankly I see no reason to even bother with contacting them. As soon as I find someone has infringed my work, I file a DMCA notice with their hosting company and with Google.
You might want to inform them of the date when your article was published AND remind them that if they don't comply with your complaint, you'll report them to Google. That publication date is on the stats page and is very powerful.
They changed their tune and got all apologetic this morning after I told them I had reported them to the hosting company. "didt asspect you will take it this serious" (sic) they said.
I\ll go to the hosting company right away. Creeps who do such things KNOW it's wrong, but choose to ignore, so there's little chance they will respond to you decently.
This sounds like a case where the training company might also be a victim, i.e., some thief copied your article and then sold it to them. However, this should not deter you from doing what is necessary to have the article taken down. If this is indeed the case, the training company might then go after the thief big time; that would be a good thing.
If they're being dicks about it, then there's no reason to be nice. Dont waste your time sending any more emails to the offenders, go straight to their web host.
Just submitted a notification to the domain host people, so it'll be interesting to see what happens next.
You inspired me. I just sent off three emails to people that have stolen my work. I used the form letter that Hubpages provides. I hope they remove the copied work from their blogs.
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