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Stop stealing my work!

Content theft is a pain in the butt! On Wednesday February 27 I became aware of a theft of an article of mine.  We are the World was published on another website, without the graphic video – not surprisingly actually as the website in question is a travel website.  I may not be Shakespeare, but what is mine, is mine. Hands off!

The contact form on the website doesn’t work (why is THAT a surprise) but we did find a registration and a contact through the various Whois type services on the web. I duly emailed. Absolutely no response, of course.

Registered through: GoDaddy.com, LLC (http://www.godaddy.com)
Domain Name: TRAVELCHANNELSHOWS.COM

Registrant:
Dylan Carey

Domain servers in listed order:
DUKE.NS.CLOUDFLARE.COM
LADY.NS.CLOUDFLARE.COM

Everywhere I search this domain, it comes up as GoDaddy being the registrar, so my next port of call was GoDaddy.  Their response is as follows:

Thank you for contacting the GoDaddy.com. We are not the hosting provider for this site. We have neither access to, nor jurisdiction over the content on this site.

The web hosting provider for this website is the company responsible for policing any content that appears on this site. To determine the web hosting provider, use a publicly-available tool, like http://www.kloth.net/services/nslookup.php. This tool will give you the resolving IP address which can then be compared to ARIN’s (http://www.arin.net) IP allocation database. This will give you the relevant information for the true hosting provider.

Please submit your complaint to this company based on their AUP.

Sincerely,

Content Abuse Team
GoDaddy.com

So I faithfully follow their instructions to the letter and submit a DMCA form with CloudFlare.

I get the following response from CloudFlare:

CloudFlare received your copyright complaint dated March 8, 2013 regarding:

travelchannelshows.com

CloudFlare is a pass-through network provider and, at most, automatically caches content for a limited period in order to improve network performance. CloudFlare is not a hosting provider and does not provide hosting services for the domain(s) in question or any other website except for cloudflare.com.

URL: http://www.travelchannelshows.com/passport-visa/about-visa/we-are-the-world-love-versus-goliath-a-partner-visa-journey.html

Hosting Provider:

EONIX-NET-173-213-64-0-1-BLK-3Eonix

CorporationEONIX

Abuse Contact:

ADMIN839-ARINAdministrator+1-877-841-3341

admin@infinitie.net

ADMIN839-ARINAdministratorYou should direct your request to:

1. The provider where travelchannelshows.com is hosted; 2. The owner listed in the WHOIS record for travelchannelshows.com and/or 3. The contact listed on the travelchannelshows.com site

Note — a look up of the IPs for a website will show CloudFlare IPs because we’re a pass-through network.  The actual website is still hosted at the web hosting provider indicated above. If the web host has any questions please have the web host contact us DIRECTLY regarding this site. We will only provide the web hosting provider with the IP of the web server if they contact us directly.

OK this is getting ridiculous!

I have now duly sent an email off to the above email address, attaching all the previous emails!

I have just received a chirpy email telling me I am now a registered user of serverhub.com’s support center! I don’t want to be a registered user of your support centre, I just want you to take down my stolen work FFS!!!

Arrrrrrgggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

I will update this saga when (and if) I ever have a resolution!!!

Do you have a similar story of content theft to share? How did you fix it in the end?

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24 comments on “Stop stealing my work!

  1. It is copyright infringement to copy someone’s work at all without their express permission, even if the work is not legally registered w/US Copyright Office. One can legally use a line or two of the work, ensuring they mention where it came from, i.e., “Team Oyeniyi stated in their article bladdity blah that ‘I will update this saga when (and if) I ever have a resolution!!!'” More than a couple of lines is considered theft and in a real world, they’d be hauled off to court.

    I’ve read that it is difficult to deal with works on the internet – now after reading your post, I see that it is true! It seems no one is willing to take responsibility, huh! I look forward to reading about your POSITIVE resolution of this problem!! Visiting from… hmm, where did I find you – let me see – Oh yeah, Redneck Princess!

  2. Holy. Crap. That is unreal….

  3. There is no such thing as content theft, but there is intellectual property infringement and similar concepts. A theft is when you steal somebody, thereby depriving the owner of it, and that very concept doesn’t apply to information.

    While I don’t think copying a text should be a criminal act, passing it off as one’s own (or without attribution) is at the very least dishonest. Hope you have some luck reminding the infringer of that!

  4. You have no idea how much restraint it took not to copy this post and post it as my own. :)

  5. That sucks, royally. It is far too easy for the copyright of ordinary bloggers to be infringed – and very difficult indeed to do something about it.

    What’s particularly iniquitous is the fact that if an ordinary pleb is even suspected of infringing a copyright belonging to some major corporation, the whole force of the law slams into them like a battleship’s broadside. There was a case here in NZ last month where a woman was brought before the courts for infringement. She was innocent; it was her ex-flatmate’s doing, and she could prove it. But RIANZ were going to make an example of her anyway and were screaming for punitive and exemplary fines. The Copyright Tribunal dismissed the case, but that did not reduce the stress put against this innocent woman.

    I’ve had a couple of issues with my blog being copied without permission – it’s one of the reasons why I put the copyright notice on my photographs. I’ve also had to deal with my in-print books being ripped off in various ways – most often by plagiarism – and it’s hard to enforce. My publishers weren’t interested unless there was going to be enough money in it to cover their costs, which of course there wouldn’t have been.

    Keep at it, you’ll get through in the end.

  6. It’s all so sneaky – arrgh makes my blood boil!

    • I think they think because they put this site name in their URL it is OK. Maybe they don’t realise the rules. Even so, the process is terrible and they SHOULD know!

      Also, in this case it isn’t good because of the topic. :(

  7. Content and image theft are probably more common than most blogger recognize. Go through all the DMCA steps and bide your time.

    • In this case, the site has actually NO relationship to the content of my article. I really don’t want that particular article made light of, it was a very serious article.

      You are, I am sure, right. Images particularly.

  8. Content theft is a royal pain in the but, now and then some of my images or writing end up being used elsewhere, I actually found one company that stole thousands of my images and then changed the watermark on the images to their own, those images were hundreds of thousands of dollars of manpower and had earned me Carpel Tunnel Syndrome. The selfish jerks wouldn’t take them down when I asked so I had to go through the process you are going through now. Eventually I found their host and served them with a DMCA take down notice, as well as a cease and desist, which led to the eventual take down of the website, without my images they were out of business, and eventually the thieves were gone from the web.

    Don’t give up.

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