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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Titia. That .ru means the site is hosted in Russia and them Rooskies don't play by the rules, they usually ignore DMCA complaints.
Yes, but can file a DMCA to Google so they take them out of the search engines.
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.
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 whois.com 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 22.214.171.124 - 1,258,245 other sites hosted on this server
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 )
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]
Registered on: 15-Mar-2017
Expiry date: 15-Mar-2021
Last updated: 08-Mar-2019
Registered until expiry date.
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