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  1. Rupert Taylor profile image97
    Rupert Taylorposted 5 weeks ago

    That’s one small step for copyright protection; one giant leap for a writer.

    There’s an outfit called Powtoon that provides a platform and software for clients to create and post animations. A user stole my HubPages article on the history of the media and posted it as an “animation” that was typed onto a video screen.

    I complained to Powtoon. The first response was a brush off from “Jenny,” who wrote “I’m sorry to hear that you are having some trouble. Please note that Powtoon is not responsible if some users will use 3rd party contents.”

    I replied “Yes, I saw the weasel words on your site that absolves you of any responsibility for what your clients do and say. So, if your clients use your platform to commit illegal acts that’s fine? Where do you draw the line? Counselling murder? Racist rants? How to make an explosive device? Or, are there no boundaries? You must really enjoy working for such an ethically barren organization.”

    Powtoon’s Amir responded with obsequious concern for my well-being. Back and forth with a couple e-mails and the offending post was taken down.

    Now, Powtoon’s Vincent asks me “Would you be able to review the Customer Service you received on Trustpilot? Please click here to leave a review, we’d be so grateful!” Oh, I don’t think so Vincent. Bloody Chutzpah.

  2. theraggededge profile image96
    theraggededgeposted 5 weeks ago

    It has to be a DMCA notice, Rupes. They can't really ignore it. I just copy one from somewhere, change the relevant details and either submit it online if poss., or email it.

  3. Rupert Taylor profile image97
    Rupert Taylorposted 5 weeks ago

    I got the required outcome without the DMCA rigmarole whose complexities I have great difficulty grasping. The instructions are filled with acronyms about ISPs and PSAs (No that's the prostate cancer test) or LBGTQs for all I know. Words are the currency I like to deal in, so much more effective than internet jargon.

    1. theraggededge profile image96
      theraggededgeposted 5 weeks agoin reply to this

      Ah... the more you do, the easier they are. It's usually just their site, your site (HP), sometimes some identifying text like from xx to xx. And your details.

  4. Rupert Taylor profile image97
    Rupert Taylorposted 5 weeks ago

    I know you're right Bev, but the AMCD, or whatever it's called, is so cold and impersonal. It's so much more satisfying to vent personally at some scuzzy dude when you hold the moral high ground. They come up with some lame excuse "Oh that was my assistant who didn't understand copyright law," like writers have assistants. My dark side is showing. Good thing it's wine o'clock where I live.

  5. Titia profile image92
    Titiaposted 5 weeks ago

    I completely understand you Rupert as it comes to filing a DMCA.
    I still have a © standing next to one of my hubs. It's a .ru site. So I filed a DMCA to Google but never got an answer. So I don't know if it's still stealing views.

  6. Rupert Taylor profile image97
    Rupert Taylorposted 5 weeks ago

    Titia. That .ru means the site is hosted in Russia and them Rooskies don't play by the rules, they usually ignore DMCA complaints.

    1. Titia profile image92
      Titiaposted 4 weeks agoin reply to this

      Yes, but can file a DMCA to Google so they take them out of the search engines.

    2. Marketing Merit profile image94
      Marketing Meritposted 4 weeks agoin reply to this

      No, that’s not quite right Rupert. .ru is the domain name extension. The site can be hosted any where. In this instance, I know the site Titia is referring to and the site is hosted in France.

      1. DrMark1961 profile image97
        DrMark1961posted 4 weeks agoin reply to this

        Thanks MM I had not thought of that distinction. To me all .ru sites are Russian, and in the past have not responded when I have asked for a page to be taken down.

  7. Rupert Taylor profile image97
    Rupert Taylorposted 4 weeks ago

    Oh Dear. A .ru extension does not necessarily mean the site is hosted in Russia. Now, can you understand why confusion reigns supreme among what are left of my brain cells.

    I am currently trying to deal with a retired colonel of the British Army no less who has stolen whole chunks of one of my articles.

    Find out who hosts his website they say. Go to they say and this is the report I receive. It means nothing to me. Can somebody winkle out of that jargon and gobbledygook who hosts him?

    IP Address - 1,258,245 other sites hosted on this server
    Reverse IP 
    IP Location    United States Of America - California - San Francisco - Automattic Inc
    ASN    United States Of America AS2635 AUTOMATTIC - Automattic, Inc, US (registered Oct 01, 2012)
    Hosting History    1 change on 2 unique name servers over 3 years      
    Website Title    None given.      
    Terms    7,825 (Unique: 2,439, Linked: 414)
    Images    31 (Alt tags missing: 31)
    Links    159   (Internal: 130, Outbound: 25)
    Whois Record ( last updated on 2020-01-13 )

    Domain name:

        Data validation:
            Nominet was able to match the registrant's name and address against a 3rd party data
    source on 15-Mar-2017

            123-Reg Limited t/a 123-reg [Tag = 123-REG]

        Relevant dates:
            Registered on: 15-Mar-2017
            Expiry date:  15-Mar-2021
            Last updated:  08-Mar-2019

        Registration status:
            Registered until expiry date.

        Name servers:


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