DMCA charges now?

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  1. alexadry profile image93
    alexadryposted 6 years ago

    I was going to report a website that has copied 3 of my articles to DMCA and as  I finish filling up the form it says I need to pay? WHHATTTT! Not only people steal my content and I have to pay too? Is there something wrong with this picture? I mean, these people should be paying me back every cent they have earned with the Google ads displayed featuring my content and my pictures! Is this something new? this is the website I am using:

    I used to fill out a form before and it was free. Does somebody have the link to the free service if it still exists?

    On a good note, I noticed DMCA offers free badges to help protect content, I wonder if we can display them on our content here? that would be so awesome!

    1. Jason Menayan profile image60
      Jason Menayanposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Don't use that paid service. It's unnecessary.

      DMCA complaints should be emailed directly to the site that's posted your content without your permission. Instructions are here: … -complaint

      Badges, unfortunately, will do nothing to protect unscrupulous people from copying your content.

      1. alexadry profile image93
        alexadryposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Thanks! that is the link I was looking for, only thing I noticed the website in question is not displaying Google ads but has Amazon capsules. The Google DMCA report asks to report content that displays Google ads. Who to report to if there are no Google ads?

        1. Marisa Wright profile image96
          Marisa Wrightposted 6 years agoin reply to this

          You're right, there's no point reporting to Google Adsense if there are no Adsense ads showing.  And you're wasting your time reporting to Amazon, they never do anything.

          If it's an article directory or other site that invites contributions from multiple authors (like GoArticles), then file the DMCA with the site.  The good ones will have some kind of contact form - just paste the DMCA wording into that.  Some of them are surprisingly responsive.

          If it's a site authored by just one person, use your judgment.  I have a Hub about hair that gets reproduced regularly on hairdressers' sites. I write to them explaining I'm a professional writer, the article is copyright so they shouldn't be using it - but if they want to keep it, I'll be happy to invoice them the $100 re-use fee.  So far they've all taken it down without a murmur.

          However, if I see a site which is full of articles, then it's likely the person is thieving from all over the place and won't respond to a DMCA - then you need to research who the host is, so you can complain to them.

          1. alexadry profile image93
            alexadryposted 6 years agoin reply to this

            The company did not delete the rest of the articles, it is now claiming "This will be my last comment regarding this issue. If you have so much time to send so many comments perhaps you have enough time to go after the companies that we get our feeds from. We get our feeds to post in our website strictly from yahoo, bing, and google. Perhaps you can go after them for "stealing your content" as you put it and sending it to thousands of websites such as ours. You are going after the little guy (us) because perhaps you feel bigger by doing that. We are not at fault here. We publish content only provided by the "Big 3".
            Is there any truth to this?

            1. Marisa Wright profile image96
              Marisa Wrightposted 6 years agoin reply to this

              Clearly, they don't know what the rules are.  What is the name of the site?  (tip:  don't post the full hyperlink, put spaces in it so it doesn't turn into a hyperlink).

  2. waynet profile image70
    waynetposted 6 years ago

    You can do a whois search for the domain name and contact the actual service provider some cases the sites think they are untouchable by hiding through proxy servers and private registrations, but if a website exists it has to have an originating source to contact by law.....Chinese sites are a good example of another frustration for the webmaster.....If in doubt view source on the website and gather as much info as you can from the code,

    1. alexadry profile image93
      alexadryposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      thank you, I posted on the website's Facebook page. It was very ethical and nice of them to claim " I have removed post. It is a common practice to use articles which are not protected and it is supposed to be a plus for the original publisher as long as you give them a link to the original site (which we do). The author should be happy that we are helping their site become an Authority Site by providing some of their content with a link to the full article. Totally out of line of them to publish this on Facebook."

      Nice way to flip the pancake! First of all, yes they provided a link to my article but it was at the end of the 500 word copied article which is useless. Who would click on the link after they have received all the info needed? Second I contacted them on FB after days of pestering them to take the content down. I would not have resorted to such measure if they were ethical enough to respond at least to one of the 5 comments I have posted asking nicely to remove it in the past week....

      I waste so much time reporting these people which I should invest on writing, argghhh..

      1. waynet profile image70
        waynetposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        If they don't respond it's your right to go one further and contact their web service provider and tell them all about your copyright is time consuming, just think of all the other people who are just oblivious to these content thieves and just let it slide....some time in the future I can see things getting better for us decent content writers....until then it's just a plod along situation....most DMCA's are straight forward however.

        1. alexadry profile image93
          alexadryposted 6 years agoin reply to this

          Thank you I will take it further if necessary. So far they have removed 3/5, looks like it is a work in progress. Wouldn't it be great if Google would invest time on shutting down all these copycat websites instead of wasting time on Pandas, Penguins and Chicken and opening a Google zoo?

  3. tamron profile image69
    tamronposted 6 years ago

    I suggest you sign up for Google alert.  You will be alerted by email any time someone copies your whole article or if they copy any part you have on alert.  All you need to do is copy and paste a few lines in your articles and wamo you got them.

    What I do is pick out some facts or think what parts of this article would I copy and add it to Google alerts.


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