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I have an extensive personal (non-commercial) Web site into which I have
put a great amount of time, effort, research, and thought. I'm rather
proud of much of my work. Most of my pages are copyrighted.

Recently, I found that some of my content has been copied into
commercial pages. Has anyone else here have this happen? How did you
deal with it?

So far, I have been able to get the plagiarized content removed or even
the infringing Web pages deleted by sending the owners a strongly worded
"ceases and desist" letter or E-mail. Are there effective alternatives?

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Sep 30 '06 #1
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Scripsit David E. Ross:
Recently, I found that some of my content has been copied into
commercial pages. Has anyone else here have this happen?
Surely. But this surely ain't no HTML question. It's about legal issues.
(Besides, they vary from one country to another, so it is questionable
whether it would be useful to raise the issue in _any_ _international_
forum. Try some national forum.)

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Sep 30 '06 #2

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Recently, I found that some of my content has been copied into
commercial pages. Has anyone else here have this happen? How did you
deal with it?
You could never hide your content, because if you do so, no one could
read it.

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Oct 1 '06 #3

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Man-wai Chang wrote:
>Recently, I found that some of my content has been copied into
commercial pages. Has anyone else here have this happen? How did you
deal with it?

You could never hide your content, because if you do so, no one could
read it.
I don't want to hide my content. I just don't want someone else making
commercial use of my effort.

The least they could do is pay me for my effort. After all, they are
getting paid to create commercial Web pages. If they use what I
created, they should pay me.

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David E. Ross
<http://www.rossde.com/>

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See my <http://www.rossde.com/PGP/>
Oct 1 '06 #4

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I don't want to hide my content. I just don't want someone else making
commercial use of my effort.
I was going to suggest

display: none;
instead try

display:$;

Oct 5 '06 #5

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David E. Ross wrote:
Recently, I found that some of my content has been copied into
commercial pages. Has anyone else here have this happen? How did you
deal with it?
Mostly by ignoring it. The scumbags who do this are generally just
low-significance copyists trying to bloat search engines, and they're
also trickiest to track down. OTOH, if you do find them, then they roll
over with a single letter - they're only after _cheap_ content to
steal, not anything that's troublesome.

If it's serious copying, then legal threats are still quite effective.
Decent laser printing and a well laid out standard C&D does it, you
don't even need to blow money on your briefs. Somehow these people
annoy me less than the scumbags - at least they're _tangible_.

Good markup on your own site helps if you ever come to an actual legal
wrangle (which you probably won't). Go read Creative Commons for some
useful tips. Good for provability post facto, not much use for
pre-emptive discouragement though. These scumbags aren't even real
thieves of value, they're just lowlifes looking for Turing-passable
lorem ipsum.

If you've got binary assets on there not just text (particularly
images) then you should be using both visible and invisble
watermarking. Visible discourages, invisible traces afterwards.

Funniest bit is when thery actually copy your copyright warnings with
your own name left in them.

Oct 5 '06 #6

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David E. Ross wrote:
I have an extensive personal (non-commercial) Web site into which I have
put a great amount of time, effort, research, and thought. I'm rather
proud of much of my work. Most of my pages are copyrighted.

Recently, I found that some of my content has been copied into
commercial pages. Has anyone else here have this happen? How did you
deal with it?

So far, I have been able to get the plagiarized content removed or even
the infringing Web pages deleted by sending the owners a strongly worded
"ceases and desist" letter or E-mail. Are there effective alternatives?
That was the correct thing to do.
this may help you a bit:
http://www.plagiarism.org/
This site is good for finding those who copy from you:
http://www.copyscape.com/
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David E. Ross
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Oct 6 '06 #7

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Fri, 29 Sep 2006 23:15:21 -0700 from David E. Ross
<no****@nowhere.not>:
I have an extensive personal (non-commercial) Web site into which I have
put a great amount of time, effort, research, and thought. I'm rather
proud of much of my work. Most of my pages are copyrighted.
In the US, at least, *all* of them are, unless you explicitly
disclaimed copyright.

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Oct 8 '06 #8

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On Sun, 8 Oct 2006 10:13:08 -0400, in
comp.infosystems.www.authoring.html Stan Brown
<th************@fastmail.fmwrote:
>Fri, 29 Sep 2006 23:15:21 -0700 from David E. Ross
<no****@nowhere.not>:
>I have an extensive personal (non-commercial) Web site into which I have
put a great amount of time, effort, research, and thought. I'm rather
proud of much of my work. Most of my pages are copyrighted.

In the US, at least, *all* of them are, unless you explicitly
disclaimed copyright.
Covered under the Bern Convention...

http://www.law.cornell.edu/treaties/berne/overview.html

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Oct 8 '06 #9

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