Plagiarism

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I guess it's a compliment for people to copy your work. It doesn't feel too good though.

I have discovered another web-site plagiarising my work. They've ripped off more than 20 pages and made minor changes only. They haven't made any attempt at contact and the whole site is a free service. 90% of their site is for business.
Interestingly they have a Copyright notice on their site. Have sent them a polite email:(In Thai)

I can take it to law I'm sure. We know who the winners are there :)

I would really be interested in how others may tackle this issue. Confrontation simply doesn't work here, it comes down to more personal interaction.
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Peter

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Alex

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i would be realy angry if someone was copying my work and makin money from it.
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Hi Peter,

Would it be just allright if you send us the URL of the two Web sites? Yes, there are two best solutions for that, as we've already been from that case.

If you don't wish to post their URLs here for privacy, you may send it to Admin of

http://intelligentiaresearch.synthasi...

We'll just try to figure it out; such a problem may cause undesirables, indeed.
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Peter

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Thanks for your interest in this Oculus.
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KanThaiDecor

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Hate to hear this sort of thing....I had to deal with a person trying to steal a few of my songs years ago....I was pretty livid over the whole thing
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Emmy

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Hi Peter,
Sorry you are having this problem, sounds frustrating! I'm not sure if you are familiar with Creative Commons, it has been discussed when it comes to images here on Get Satisfactions, but it can also apply to writing. You may want to consider doing this for your pages: Creative Commons.

Emmy
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Peter

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Thank you Emmy,

Apologies for the slow response. I went straight to the creative Commons site and have digested it in parts.

Thoroughly recommend it and thanks heaps for the lead on this.
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Hi Peter

I am not sure if this site is being hosted by us or another service but this is something that is governed by the DMCA (Digital Millenium Copyright Act)

You can send a DMCA compliant take down notice. See: http://www.synthasite.com/terms.html#... for our copyright policy.
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OOOooooo, I HATE THAT! I am so sorry that this was done to you. Had this happen to me once or twice and it is an feeling of being violated but with an awful feeling of "it isn't a big deal/it is a big deal". Kind of keeps you on a teeter tooter. That is why I just purchase all of my artwork from scrap kit artists now. I cant say that when I first started all of this that I didn't pick up a picture or two myself from web search's not knowing if it was good or bad until I learned better. Whole pages of a website are so different and worth a valiant effort of putting your foot down. I am really sorry Peter but I do know that you will end up handling it well.
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Peter

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Thanks njoynlife. Nice thoughts.

The real thing about it was that there are something like 400 exam questions which were all searched out from original material. Couldn't estimate the time involved. One twenty question exam takes about two hours from go to woe. As you would appreciate the theft of your effort is pretty disrespectful.

This is really where a good analytics program comes in, Clicky had all the page visits recorded, dates times, IP and web-address that they came from. The owner of the site had linked to mine and was snitching the data through their own page link. You can actually see the pages they went into. Bingo!

I don't know the person but know where they are.

Hopefully they will pull the pages. Would have allowed them to publish the work with acknowledgement and an agreement that it wouldn't be used for commercial reasons.
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KanThaiDecor

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Try their domain in whois ?
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njoynlife

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All I can do is say a pray for you from my end. Let us know how this all works out, will you?
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This surely sucks. I had something like this happen a few months back. Somebody downloaded my full website and then just changed a few pics and content around and put in some of their own. I actually noticed when the site appeared in my "came from" stats. I visited the site and to my surprise, it was a ripoff of mine, and they did not bother to change all of the links, so a good chunk of their visitors ended up visiting my site as well. I thought they had actually hacked my site, so I contacted synthasite support and they explained what was up.

I sent the site rippers a friendly email explaining about copyright infringement, how I had a log of their IP address and visits, and their domain registration data from http://iwhois.com. I said I'd give them 3 days before taking legal action. Luckily all was resolved rather quickly, they didn't even reply. Next time I visited their site, all was changed. Nonetheless, it's one of those things - there's no sure way of knowing who's copying, reproducing, or even selling the stuff you put on the net. I have a copyright notice on each of my pages and hope for the best. I surely had no idea how much it would cost to actually take any legal action against someone in Bangladesh, aside from sending their registrar an email explaining what was going on.

Good luck on resolving this Peter!
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Thank you Diogenes,

Your advice is very methodical and I think I will do the same. Bangladeshi culture and Thai are quite similar so here's hoping.

I have applied a Creative Commons license hastily on appropriate pages. If this doesn't have a slow down effect then it may have an intimidation effect. I think a great idea for all with original contnet and material. Easy to do. Just look up at Emmy's comment the link is there. the CC site is fairly easy to comprehend.
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This post proved to come in quite handy for me today. I had to really search to find it again but I am so glad that I did. I am using the CC on my website now, due to another vendor that has moved. I will be placing this mark on all of my work.
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Hi njoynlife,

I think it's a really good idea. It gets away from a prohibition idea but allows you to call the shots on the way your work is used.

It's friendly and easily allows people to display your work with acknowledgement.

If it falls out of the range of your intention then it still gives people an opportunity to apply for extraordinary permission.
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I am going to try to apply it to my ebay auctions also. I am curious what ebay will do with that one.
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njoynlife

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Peter, Have a look and tell me what you think:
http://myauntcameback.synthasite.com/...
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Hi njoynlife,

Glad to see you are using the CC license - they are really great and you have some real legal back-up if anyone violates your license.

Regards,

Jeremy
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I wish there was a way for synthasite to post links in one specific place for all of this very useful information. I only hope that others who follow us will find this post.
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Peter

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Njoyn,

That's very clear and upfront. You've included all info, contact methods and instructions.

Good way to go!
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njoynlife

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Good, because I contacted the culprits. Shaken here. :(
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njoynlife

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BTW, Thanks for checking it out for me. I do appreciate it.
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Peter

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You are welcome njoyn. The people who were nicking my stuff came clean and apologised for "pirating". So it was great not having to go down any other line.
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njoynlife

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Well that is GREAT to hear. Congrats on that Peter! I really hope that I get the same response.
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Peter

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njoynlife,

May I ask how you discovered the website in the first place? I find this quite interesting and it may be a valuable resource for others to use in detecting unlawful use of their work.

I understand that you may not be able to do that that at this time, then maybe some time in the future.

Good luck with this issue njoyn.
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njoynlife

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Yes, a customer contacted me because originally they thought the other company was me but in the end, they werent fooled. I am thankful.
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KanThaiDecor

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Who Can Claim Copyright?

Copyright protection subsists from the time the work is created
in fixed form. The copyright in the work of authorship
immediately becomes the property of the author who created
the work. Only the author or those deriving their rights
through the author can rightfully claim copyright.

That is the first part of copyright basics right off the US gov pages...Here is the link http://www.copyright.gov/ ...This is one of the great services that is free other than the fee for your actual copyright....Why guess about this subject when we don't have to....Sadly the problem with copyrights and patents is that there are countries that refuse to enforce international agreements on this issue.

What I have done in the past to reduce my cost is instead of a copyright for each song I did a songbook of ten or so songs...Copyright cost for a songbook was the same as a single song...I think you can still do this with songs, images (art book)words (book) etc.....What is nice now vs when I was in bands and getting my copyrights is that you can do the whole thing online.
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Hi Shaq,

That license is not for our work it's for the work that SynthaSite have licensed. Separate material.

You own your work as John has described is copyright to you.

Synthasite has allowed us under their own license to use and share the material they have created for example the layouts we use, their website content, tutorials etc.
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I see.

Peter are you able to post the links. I am creating a site with a couple of people. and i need an example. and this could save me and my team a lot of time
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Peter

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The Creative Commons website: http://creativecommons.org/
A typical license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/b...
Notice on owners web site: http://krooclub.com/copyright-notice.php
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Shaq

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LOL. i am talking about your site, and the copied site