Beginning Copyright Enforcement Research

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I’m not sure whether I should be excited or maddened that my site is garnering enough attention to be picked up by sploggers. Using a couple of my free monthly searches at Copyscape, and using Google Webmaster Tools’ External Links feature, I found a couple of sites that are either copying my content verbatim or are excerpting it for nefarious purposes. (OK, the offending excerpt is on a porn site, if you must know.) I’ve spent the last day or two researching my options in this case, including WHOIS queries on the two domains I’ve found so far and asking questions at places like the Performancing forums and the Wikipedia Reference Desk.*

Now, what I’ve gotten so far is to just send letters to each of the webmasters (or whoever is listed as domain registrant) first, to see if I can have my content taken down in an amicable manner. Should those fail, I can contact the hosting providers under the terms of the DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) with removal requests, provided (once again) that the WHOIS data can be trusted. And if neither option works… I guess I ask my parents for a favor and talk to their lawyer. I might be young, but that doesn’t mean I won’t fight for my content rights. I’ll be keeping you all posted right here.

* – Link refers to an archive I made.

dgw

I am an avid technology and software user, in addition to being reasonably well-versed in CSS, JavaScript, HTML, PHP, Python, and (though it still scares me) Perl. Aside from my technological tendencies, I am also a theatre technician, sound designer, violinist, singer, and actor.

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