How Should I Respond to Copied Photos?

Update (2009-11-02): I had the content removed this summer. Pretty fast, too; Facebook’s DMCA team had both offending albums deleted within about 24 hours. All right, it’s time to get this issue out there.  I tweeted it a few times before, many months ago, but last night I was just reminded of the issue by an entire Facebook album of photos uploaded by someone I went canoeing with last summer — but represented as original works.  No credit, no acknowledgment, not even anything about the fact that someone else took the photos! Fine, I did upload the photos to Picasa…

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mzwriter DMCA Successful!

Looks like my DMCA complaint to The Planet.com was successful. As of yesterday morning, I checked several of the links I submitted to them as violating my copyrights and found that they had been removed from the offending site, tutorials.mzwriter.com. I was kind of expecting some sort of response from them, but it looks like the content was simply taken down. Either way, I’ve won that battle. (Ce-le-bra-tion!) Let’s celebrate… OK, I won’t finish that. 😉

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First DMCA Notice Sent

I’ve just hit the Send button on my first DMCA notice, which I’ve been composing for the last several days. It being Thanksgiving, perhaps my note will have an aura of elevated importance, since people aren’t usually working today. I definitely don’t expect a response until tomorrow at the earliest. So, we’ll see how it goes. If I get a takedown, that’s obviously the best. If (Larry and Sergey forbid) I should get a denial, then woe to me; but let’s not talk about that. Happy thoughts, happy thoughts… I am in my happy place… Keep watching here for more…

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DMCA About to be Sent

Alrighty, having finished up my , I’m about ready to send it, as soon as I check with my parents—last-minute checks are always good. I copied the URLs from Blogger’s dashboard in a fraction of the time it took to pull them off the plagiarizing site, and even threw in the original MSN/Windows Live Spaces addresses of some of my older posts for good measure. Having completed my first letter, I will now bask in the satisfaction that comes from preparing one’s first legal document, and shall shudder with fear, once I send it, until I receive a response. As…

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Big DMCA Claim, All In My Drafts Folder

Yep, that’s right; this copyright infringement fiasco has me drafting a DMCA notice in Gmail. I just completed going through an entire site that has copied all of my blog posts from the beginning of my pre-Blogger history through October 30. Talk about rude! I didn’t even get any links back, nor do the posts have attribution attached. Even if I were licensing under Creative Commons, I wouldn’t allow this. And the site is plastered with AdSense ads. Did I mention I had to find over 200 of my posts? And list them all with their titles in an email?…

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Beginning Copyright Enforcement Research

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…

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