My blog’s content copied on another blog ?! oO

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  • #165678

    As I said, they can get your stuff off of your RSS feed. It’s not necessary that they get it off of Google. And I was on Google long before I verified my blog with Google. They found me without me doing it.

    #165699

    ellaella
    Member

    A bit of clarification: under US copyright law, protection exists from the moment of creation/em>, not publication. This protects people who send manuscripts to literary agents or publications and by extension protects everyone who creates something subject to copyright. It’s rare, but not unheard of, for rejected manuscripts to appear later in, um, eerily familiar form.

    #165700

    ellaella
    Member

    Oops..missing a bracket. Sorry!

    #165701

    ellaella
    Member

    Jinkies!

    #165702

    @ellaella
    Thanks for the clarification.

    #165705

    ellaella
    Member

    You’re welcome, tsp. Sorry for the brain-dead aspect. :(

    #165706

    Well, and I’m not sure why I said publication, as I knew it was creation.

    #165710

    timethief
    Member

    @rockwow
    Although posting a copyright notice is not required by law, I’d like to suggest that you may want to check out the free service available at this link http://myfreecopyright.com/

    #165716

    rockwow
    Member

    i’m not a us citizen so I guess us copyright laws don’t apply to things I create / publish.

    Plus I’m just the owner of the text, not the videos, images etc

    #165717

    rockwow
    Member

    @timethief: thanks for that link ! Is it a serious site like Creative Commons ?

    #165718

    raincoaster
    Member

    US law applies to our WordPress.com blogs; you may also have copyright issues/claims of a different nature, in a different country, if that’s the country where you created the artworks. But we agree to have legal disputes arising from our WP.com blogs resolved in US courts: that’s in the Terms of Service.

    #165719

    timethief
    Member

    Yes it’s a serious site. Just how serious is up to you to determine and that can only be done by reading. Here’s an excerpt from their FAQs:

    Is the copyright protection you provide valid worldwide?
    Yes. What MyFreeCopyright.com provides is a public date registration of your original digital creations. This process is verifiable proof worldwide that your digital creation was registered to you on a specific date.

    Here’s the link to the FAQs http://myfreecopyright.com/frequently_asked_questions#worldwide

    #165756

    @rockwow:
    If you want to get any action out of Google Adsense, the form I’ve printed on my post has to be filled out and either faxed or snail-mailed to them, with your signature. Email they won’t do, which is amazing but that’s the way it is.

    And as I pointed out on that post, once you have the letter on file, filling it out and sending it takes only a few minutes for each new case, and the results are pretty quick. Within 24 hours they took down the post they had stolen from me.

    #165758

    You will also find a good post on how to detect and fight back against content theft on The Blog Herald here:

    http://www.blogherald.com/2007/11/26/the-6-steps-to-stop-content-theft/

    #165762

    @letters
    You’re giving me a lot of reading material.

    #165831

    It’s a lot to tackle at once, I know, and it seems daunting, but once the routine is down, it doesn’t take much time to tackle.

    #165832

    D’oh! Can’t we edit these anymore??

    #165835

    Nope, can’t edit our posts in the forum anymore: http://mark.wordpress.com/2007/10/30/editing-forum-posts/

    #165875

    rockwow
    Member

    Thanks but i’ll first try to take care of it through the online system they have on Blogger.

    @timethief:
    But how do they get money from copyright registration? Normally you have to pay to get a copyright, this is too good to be true :p. Also, do they keep your content on their website?

    #165876

    raincoaster
    Member

    No, you do not have to pay to get a copyright. You own copyright from the moment you create an original work (there are a few countries which don’t recognize copyright, but they are only a handful and not likely to be a factor in the blogosphere at the moment).

    FWIW, I’ve killed off several blogs just by reporting them to Google. I do NOT use the legal form they tell you in email is required: I just keep using their online form and reporting every single violation. It has taken anywhere between three days and a week and a half to get the blog’s adsense pulled, but it does work.

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