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Thread: Shhhh, I'm Hunting Copywight Infwingers

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    Nefarious Ghost Fan AnneMarble's Avatar
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    Shhhh, I'm Hunting Copywight Infwingers

    Recently, I found that a couple of my Writing-World.com articles were posted on other sites -- without permission. (One was even posted without attribution.)


    One of the sites was a writer's site -- why can't writers learn about copyright and permissions?! Even weirder, the other site was a gay erotic story archive that had posted the article in their writing resources section! (They're the ones who posted the article without attribution!) Actually, I don't mind the gay erotic story aspect. I'm more annoyed by the copyright infringment -- and the fact that they are a pay site but never thought to cough up the dough for my article.

    I've contacted the other authors whose articles I found on the sites and informed them of this. Also, I've sent off firm e-mails to the two sites, telling them to remove the articles by close of business tomorrow, etc. But I have a "few" questions... Is there anything else I should do? Is there anything else I should have said? When is it appropriate to contact the site's ISP? Also, what do I do if one of the sites gives me a hard time?
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    Anne, Jaws has an article up at his site that details what you can do about infringement along with a fill-in-the-blank letter to send to the infringer's webhost.

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    You can certainly talk to their ISP. All of them have Terms that allow them to pull a client that pirates or breaks copyright law.. if they choose to do so.

    I ran afoul of a situation where my ISP was contacted and I was removed, "poof", without even a chance to plead my case.. but then I was not a paying site, just a personal one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by roach
    Anne, Jaws has an article up at his site that details what you can do about infringement along with a fill-in-the-blank letter to send to the infringer's webhost.
    Thanks! That looks just like what I need!
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    Let me know who they are, too. Then I'll keep an eye on them.
    When it comes to PA, the royalty check and the reality check arrive in the same envelope.

    Remember to be kind to writers who step in PA. They really don't know how bad it smells.

    The difference between PA and WLA? None. Both have the stench of dead and dying books emanating from their doorways.


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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveKuzminski
    Let me know who they are, too. Then I'll keep an eye on them.
    The one with attribution is at http://users.netconnect.com.au/~tarl...0Articles1.htm.

    And the !@#$ who posted it without attribution are at http://www.assgm.com/authors/.

    Warning: Adult Material at This Site
    Last edited by AnneMarble; 01-24-2006 at 11:25 PM. Reason: Added warning
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    Anne, do you have an agent? Because if so, hand this over to them. They should have a legal department or pay a retainer to a legal firm to deal with exactly this sort of situation, at no cost to you. I know--my work has been plagiarised several times in the past. Each time, my agent dealt with it at no cost to me, and I ended up getting a nice fat cheque as compensation for the theft.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Hack
    Anne, do you have an agent?
    No. I still have the finish my novels. Well, the good ones anyway. I'm not counting the ones I wrote in high school. Or college. Or the first few years after college. Or... Well you get the picture.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AnneMarble
    And the !@#$ who posted it without attribution are at http://www.assgm.com/authors/.
    That site features photos that are not office-safe and may be offensive to some individuals. Caution is advised as the photos are not in a restricted area accessible only by signing in. They are in one of the guideline sections.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveKuzminski
    That site features photos that are not office-safe and may be offensive to some individuals. Caution is advised as the photos are not in a restricted area accessible only by signing in. They are in one of the guideline sections.
    Whoops. I should have thought of mentioning that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AnneMarble
    Whoops. I should have thought of mentioning that.
    Anne: maybe edit your post to include "NWS--adult material"?
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    Send 'em an invoice.
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    Update

    Quote Originally Posted by AnneMarble
    Update! The owner of this site took down the article. She explained that she didn't realize it was wrong and thought she was giving me publicity. Sigh. I wish authors would learn more about copyright.

    Quote Originally Posted by AnneMarble
    And the !@#$ who posted it without attribution are at http://www.assgm.com/authors/.

    Warning: Adult Material at This Site
    This one, however, was still up last time I looked -- despite the fact that I CC'ed the ISP as well. I might have to bring out the big(ger) stick...
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    You might want to try this website:
    http://www.copyscape.com/

    You put the URL of your web page in the box and it searches the web for copies. It's free.
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    Update to the Update

    Quote Originally Posted by AnneMarble
    And the !@#$ who posted it without attribution are at http://www.assgm.com/authors/.

    Warning: Adult Material at This Site
    This one has been taken down, even though both of the e-mail addresses on the site bounced. (I CC'ed the ISP's abuse department, and they forwarded it to the actual downstream web provider.) I also suggested to one of the other authors whose work was taken that she do the same thing. (I didn't get a response from the second author I contacted, but it might be an old e-mail address.)
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    Anne, I'm glad that those copyright infringements have been removed. It is horrible when one's work is stolen like that. And Roger--that's a very useful site, thanks for the link (I love your photo, by the way, but must warn you that it makes you look like a celebrity hairdresser!).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Hack
    Anne, I'm glad that those copyright . And Roger--that's a very useful site, thanks for the link (I love your photo, by the way, but must warn you that it makes you look like a celebrity hairdresser!).
    And you do you know I'm not? The picture's a little blurry, but I have a comb in one hand and a blow dryer in the other.
    --Roger J. Carlson

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnneMarble
    Whoops. I should have thought of mentioning that.
    I can't find any adult material without signing in.

    hopefully in the stores some day

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger J Carlson
    And you do you know I'm not? The picture's a little blurry, but I have a comb in one hand and a blow dryer in the other.
    I nearly married a hairdresser once, who lived on a boat in California. Imagine. Me in California. Ridiculous idea.

    (I'm hardly off-topic at all, am I? Sorry.)

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