What does a blogger do when their content gets stolen?
Lorelle has a great post up outlining the steps one should take – and coming to realization that inevitably, if your content is any good, someone is going to steal it:
Having been the target of copyright thieves, and working with writers, authors, and photographers on copyright protection and laws for over 25 years, I thought I’€™d talk a little about what to do when someone steals your content.
First, you noticed that I didn’€™t say ‘€œif’€? someone steals your content. That was on purpose. With the glut of information on the Internet, it’€™s now a matter of ‘€œwhen’€? not ‘€œif’€?.
Since we acquired The Blog Herald in February, we’ve averaged 4-5 content theft / improper repurposing of content each month. In some cases, a simple email addressed to the domain holder solves the problem. In about 1/3rd of the cases, we are forced to followup with a DMCA Takedown Notice sent to their hosting provider or ISP. This gets quick results as long as the hosting company is based in the United States.
Not too long ago, Feedburner, our feed hosting provider, began providing reports of uncommon feed usages. This is helped tremendously in identifying and tracking down the scoundrels that repurpose our feeds.
Are you watching your feeds?
Matt Craven is the former editor & publisher of The Blog Herald. Currently, Matt is the co-founder of Bryghtpath LLC, a consulting practice located in Woodbury, Minnesota. Matt's presently looking for new blogging gigs. Ping him at matt (at) bryghtpath dot com. You can follow him on Twitter.