There have been a lot of questions recently about how to deal with blog scrapers, and i thought it might be useful to put up a step-by-step guide for sending a DMCA notice (or not).
Next time you see that someone has been stealing your content, try to follow these steps:
1. Determine if they have taken an entire post or if it's an excerpt that then links back to you
2. If it is an excerpt with a link, don't worry about it and ignore it, even if the excerpt contains inaccuracies. It would probably be considered "fair use", and you would be wasting your time trying to stop it. Think of it as advertising for your blog.
3. If it is an entire post, find out the contact information for the site by using http://www.networksolutions.com/whois/index.jsp
a. In the section entitled "Find Out Who Owns a Domain Name", enter the domain name
b. Click "Search WHOIS"
c. The contact information should appear under "Registrant"
d. If there is no contact information, scroll further down the page to the IP address, and click on it
e. A new window will open, and information about the host of the IP address will be listed
4. Send a DMCA notice to the domain registrant and the host. A sample follows, just replace the bracketed information with the correct corresponding info.
DIGITAL MILLENNIUM COPYRIGHT ACT NOTICE
To Whom It May Concern:
I believe my original work, found here [URL OF YOUR POST] has been infringed upon by this website [URL OF THE SCRAPER’S POST].
The entirety of my webpage referenced above has been reproduced in violation of the Copyright Berne Convention, [INCLUDE THIS NEXT PART ONLY IF TRUE] and a clear notice of Copyright Protection is included in the sidebar of each of my webpages.
Please get in touch with me at your earliest convenience at [YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS] to inform me of any actions you have taken on this matter.
I have a good faith belief that use of the copyrighted materials described above on the infringing web pages is not authorized by my registered copyright and by the law. I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in the notification is accurate and that I am the copyright owner of an exclusive right that is infringed.