Stolen Content: What to do

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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!"

You don't take somebody's stuff.  I want to hit the owner of that blog on the nose with a rolled up newspaper.

So here's what I did. 

I tweeted:



And I left a comment:



See the Google Ads?  Hm.  They're making money off something I wrote when I'm not even making money from writing it.

This money-making scam has to stop.  So let's head over to Google's Copyright Infringement Report.

Filed a DMCA with Google, and now I'm off to file one with the company who hosts their blog; oops, I told them I was sending it to WordPress.  Oh well...

I did a WhoIs search to find out who the site is registered to.



Turns out WhoIs says it's registered to a company in England... not just the Eisleen De Lisle who's the "author" whose books they're peddling.  However, it does say right on the website that Eileen De Lisle is the co-owner... but there are no contact details. 

I guess if I was a theif, I wouldn't put my contact details out for the world, either.

So I sent this email to the hosting provider:

Hi - I'm writing you to let you know one of your websites is using my content without permission. The copyrighted work at issue is the text that appears on


http://www.beaglepublications.co.uk/?p=2426&cpage=1#comment-1525

The URLs where my copyrighted material is located include


http://freefreelancewritingtips.blogspot.com/2010/03/tips-for-writing-outstanding-query.html
and
http://www.helium.com/items/1734993-query-letter-good-query-letter-magazine-query-write-a-query-letter-example-query-letter
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.
Angie Johnston


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.