TrendNuMode Stop Stealing Blog Content!
So for the last few months a German blog has been stealing my content word for word without a link back or asking permission.
I have in fact contacted them and asked them to remove the content.
They never responded.
I asked their web hosting company to remove my content.
You might think, well no biggie Suzanne, they’re stealing everyone’s content, plus what’s the big deal? The deal is that I’m putting in the work and they are reaping the benefits. Google, Yahoo or other search engines won’t be coming to my blog first, it’ll go to theirs. It doesn’t help my blog or stats, it helps theirs. I won’t be gaining readers, they will.
There is such a thing at the DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) which is aimed at protecting digital content however it isn’t valid outside of the USA. I’m based in Canada and they are based in Germany and have ignored all my requests for removal of my content.
Now I’m left throwing my hands up in the air and wondering what to do.
Each time I post a new blog entry I get another pop back notification showing me they’ve posted my content again on their website.
Protecting copyright is hard enough within the country one lives in. Trying to protect it online in another country is quasi impossible.
Short of hiring an international copyright lawyer, which requires big bucks I’m not sure what to do.
If you’re a blogger, has this ever happened to you? How did you solve the issue?
I’m hoping that they inadvertently publish this on their own website. Ha! That’d be funny.