"Trying to Win" image courtesy of Lusi at RBBStock.com
This morning I got a Google Alert for my name which led me to Beagle Publications - a site promoting the shoddy books of an "author."
The reason I say "author" instead of author is that authors know you don't steal someone else's content.
Now, my stuff gets plagiarized all the time. Sometimes I've got time to do something about it and sometimes I don't - but I always have the time to get really mad (and that's why I'm sitting here right now, taking my irritation out on the keyboard).
You see, I'm like the seagulls in Finding Nemo: "Mine! Mine! Mine! Mine!"
The URLs where my copyrighted material is located include
You can reach me at AngiePapple@gmail.com for further information or clarification. My phone number is +1-808- and my mailing address is Angie Johnston, xx.
The email address of the website owner, who has reprinted our content illegally, is unavailable to the public.
I have a good faith belief that use of the copyrighted materials described above as allegedly infringing is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.
I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in the notification is accurate and that I am the copyright owner or am authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.
June 13, 2010 [07:17]
There. I grabbed my torch and pitchfork and did what I could. Why am I still mad? Because I got up at 6 a.m. on a Sunday - when we were out late last night (we drove all the way to Albuquerque because we saw a billboard for the Hard Rock Casino up there - and it was just ok; we didn't lose all our money, though) - so I could actually work. Instead, I spent my time trying to get Eileen De Lisle to take my stuff off her site.
I figure she's making money with Google AdSense all this time - might as well charge her what I think it's worth. $495 it is (which, incidentally, is $2505 less than I can invoice her according to copyright infringement law)
And then I can work.
Has this happened to you? What did you do about it?
© Angie Papple Johnston, 2010; if you are reading this anywhere but on FreeFreelanceWritingTips.Blogspot.com or without my name as author, it's stolen.