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Fed Up With People Stealing Your Content?

I see this every day at the moment, someone has seen their content appear on a website without permission. As sad as I know it is that people steal content there are some solutions that you can put in place in order to try and prevent it.

Unfortunately as with everything the UK is behind the rest of the world when it comes to Digital Media Theft. However that doesn’t mean that with a little intuition and a bit of help from our friends overseas there are now solutions to enforce the Digital Millennium Copyright Act under U.S. copyright law.

Website Content Protection

The DMCA.com system allows you to display a badge on your website to inform any thief (idiotic moron/rip off merchant/ insert your own here) that you can and will go after them and get them to remove the content. Getting and displaying a badge is FREE. However if you want the benefit of their DMCA toolkit then you can pay $10 a month and generate notices to website owners, hosting companies and anyone else that has been involved in the content being displayed anywhere but not on your website.

Now if things get really sticky and you are struggling to get the dumb ass (oops thief) to remove the content from their website then there is always the professional takedown service. This costs $199 a time (at least, due to the overseas thing) but in the case of someone else claiming credit for your work and making money that should be lining your own pocket, it could be a small price to pay no?

I have to say that there are some other companies out there that claim that they can perform these services a lot cheaper but I have used these guys at DMCA.com and they get results and they get them quick. If you are a blogger, photographer or have spent time and money in making sure that you get good content on your website, make sure you protect your work.

Don’t lose out get one of these badges on your site today and think about that ten bucks it could be the best money you ever spend!

4 Comments

  1. Cambridge Wedding Photographer on March 22, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    This is so timely I know several photographers who have recently suffered at the hands of content thieves and it’s heart breaking. We spend a lot fo time and effort, not to mention skill, creating our content for someone else to wrip it off sucks!
    I’ll be tweeting this post to my friends, thanks Steve! :o)

  2. bridal jewellery on March 22, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    Thanks Steve, great advice, i know a few of my fellow jewellery designers have had images and descriptions stolen from their sites, can’t believe the cheek of some people…good to know there are companies out there to help prevent this happening.

  3. Claire Dobinson on March 22, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    Great post! Happened to me several times when I was Wedding Planning and it drove me nuts! You can check you copy isn’t being used at http://www.copyscape.com I used to check this regularly and people received irate phone calls when it was copied! In such a creative industry as Weddings its unbelievable that people actually COPY others websites rather than come up with their own work, it never ceases to amaze me how underhand some people are!

    • WeddingSEO on March 22, 2011 at 1:28 pm

      Thanks Claire. The main point of the post was to say to people that not all hope was lost if someone has ripped off their content. The main problems I have seen with getting it taken down is where international borders come into play and it is then difficult to get people to see it is actually against the law.

      There have been cases where people have spent thousands of pounds and hours of their time and still not managed to get a result. Same country yes you can get on the phone or just go directly to the hosts but again in some cases the servers that host the domain are not always in the same country. Then you come up against non english speaking or tolerant hosts that are just not interested, even worse you get someone that hosts the website themselves that just laughs at you.

      This service just offers that little bit of a deterrent and help if you are looking to protect your own work.

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