Stolen Content

What to do if your blog posts are stolen by a spam “scraper” site.

ipodfans.org

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Update: the site appears to be down now.

We’ve had some reports of posts being republished without permission at ipodfans.org. If one of your posts has been published there without permission, and you are the copyright holder of the material in that post, you can send a DMCA notice to the following addresses. This information was obtained from Whois and is believed to be accurate at the time this post was written, but you should confirm it yourself before taking action.

ipodfans.org appears to be currently hosted on 72.167.98.60, a server owned by the web hosting company GoDaddy. Their email address for copyright claims is:

CopyrightClaims@godaddy.com

The subject line of your email should include the words “Copyright Claim”.

Specific information about sending a copyright infringement notice to GoDaddy is available here, under the heading “Copyright Claims”. If your copyrighted material has been used without permission you can send a DMCA notice to that address demanding the removal of that material. You should identify the specific URLs that contain the infringing copy, state clearly that you are the copyright holder of that material and that you require its immediate removal, and give your full name and contact information. A sample DMCA notice can be found here, under the heading “DMCA Notice to Host”.

Please note that the web hosting company merely manages the server on which that site is running; they are not responsible for its content and are probably unaware of its purpose.

Written by Alex

August 8, 2008 at 3:14 am

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  1. They took a review from my website too without permission or even giving me a writing credit. However, after looking at their alexa.com numbers and their google page rank, it’s probably only me that’s ever gonna see it there.

    Thanks for the advice – this is a great blog!

    The Tech News Blog

    thetechnewsblog1

    August 11, 2008 at 6:38 am

  2. I’m glad I found your post. I just got a redirect from there yesterday and they too did the same thing. I don’t know that I’m the “copyright” holder of my material though. My blog examines computer related problems and provides solutions. Are my articles copyrightable in and of themselves? I wrote them and took the time to research, and this blog just copy-and-pasted.

    Do I have grounds for filing a complaint?

    Greg

    September 11, 2008 at 11:37 am

  3. Greg, anything you write that is your own original work and involves creativity is generally covered by copyright. Something like a raw list of technical specs might not be (“you can’t copyright the phone book” is the textbook example), but a tutorial or question-answer column is certainly covered by copyright provided you wrote it yourself.

    tellyworth

    November 8, 2008 at 9:56 pm


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