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Dealing with plagiarism

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nita11
Posted on
19-01-2012
by nita11

Dealing with plagiarism

Hi Daniel,

I'd appreciate advice on a serious problem--a few of my travel articles (on Karnataka) published on yahoo voices (earlier Associated content) have been published verbatim on 2 other sites (by one person) and on 2 other blog sites.
1) Should I complain to the site owners or authors, or both?
2) Is there a format available for the notice/letter, or do I need to consult a lawyer?

Secondly, how does one prevent plagiarism? I'm apprehensive about the articles for my Karnataka guidebook being "lifted", even before I have a chance to finish it! Copyscape.com suggests "Defend your site with a plagiarism warning banner to warn potential plagiarists against stealing your content--Protected by Copyscape, Do not Copy".
Do you think this can be used here to safeguard the content? Are there any other measures that can be taken?

Thanks very much,
Best,
Nita.
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nita11
Posted on
15-04-2012
by nita11

Hi Daniel,

Finally a positive update! I wrote (more than once!) to each of the site owners, and all the articles have been removed. I discovered (much later) that he was also writing on the yahoo! voices site, from where he lifted my articles.
Now the articles remain only on his personal blog, so I've asked the lawyer to tackle that, since I can't figure out how to contact the offender!

Thanks again for all the support and advice.
Best,
Nita
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nita11
Posted on
20-01-2012
by nita11

Hi Daniel,

Thanks very much for the comprehensive response--that was very helpful.

I suppose I'll have to consult a lawyer to draft the notice and DMCA notification, so maybe I can start by simply writing to the registrar and hosting provider, and hope it works! I have some contact info from www.who.is and also thought I'd use the "contact us" forms and comment sections on each site. Unfortunately, there is no contact info for any of the offenders! In fact, 2 articles have no attribution!

Just to reassure everyone, these cases are not related to Guidegecko! I just hope the plagiarists don't train their sights on my guidebook!!

Any suggestions are most welcome!

Best,
Nita
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Daniel
Posted on
19-01-2012
by Daniel

Hi Nita & everybody,

First of all, there are surely better people to answer this - so please feel free to add or correct things!

Here are a number of things you can do:

1) Contact the hosting provider and the domain registrar for the offending site, and send them a takedown notice.

I know of cases where this has been successful, especially with the hosting provider - if they are a reputable business. Try finding out the hosting provider and registrar on Who-is sites like http://www.who.is/. Finding the registrar is usually easy, but the hosting provider can be a bit more tricky. You can check what nameservers are used, this could be a hint. Alternatively, try a service like http://www.ipchecking.com/.

2) If the site carries Google AdSense, you can also contact Google, to suspend the offender's AdSense account. You can send Google a DMCA takedown notification at http://www.google.com/support/bin/static.py?page=ts.cs&ts=1114905. I have heard of mixed success rates.

3) Try to contact the offender directly. Maybe he is not such a bad guy, and just did a mistake?

As for format, I am not aware of a standard format. But you should make clear that this is your content and prove it. Definitely list all the URLs (both on your site and on the offender's site).

There is no real way to prevent plagiarism. The only way is to check and perform the steps above. As far as I know, sites like Copyscape simply help you by finding other sites that copy your work - you still need to take the same action to take it down.

Having said that, I want to stress that the case you describe DID NOT HAPPEN ON GUIDEGECKO.

By the way, the above should not be understood as any form of legal advise. Just to make sure :-)

Hope that helps a bit. More informed folks, please take over. Nita, please keep us updated on the outcome!
Daniel
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