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.
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!