Taking Legal Actions Against Plagiarizers

I have been writing online since a long time and my online contents have been stolen many times. Recently, I found that one of my online contents was stolen by a person and published on his own name in a site called Calaméo. I tried to contact this person, who stated Vietnam as his location through the site, however, the site had a rule that only registered users can contact the users. Therefore I contacted the site through “contact us” tab and reported against plagiarism. Thankfully the site blocked my stolen content.



Those who plagiarize your content not only violate your copyrights by stealing your intellectual property and are subjects to legal action, but they also violated the TOS of the websites where they republished your works.

Plagiarizers must be penalized in two ways: One by you (because they stole your work) and two, by the website where they have published the stolen work.

What to do when you find your content is stolen:

  1. Send a message to the person who stole your content and ask him/her to take down the content.
  2. Write to the website where stolen content is hosted and ask the admin to remove the content.
  3. File Digital Millennium Copyrights Act (DMCA)

If #1 does not work, go to #2, if #2 also does not work file DMCA.

If you cannot find a way to contact the person who stole your work, you will have to write to the site.



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  • Comments

    1. Profile photo of Kyla Matton Osborne
      Kyla Matton Osborne

      I’m glad you were able to get the matter resolved. Copyright violations are a significant issue for those of us who write or display photos and graphics online. It’s good to know what to do in the case of a violation.

      1. Profile photo of Vinaya
        Vinaya Post author

        Protecting intellectual rights online is getting difficult day by day. Sometimes the entire website will be stolen.

      2. Profile photo of Kyla Matton Osborne
        Kyla Matton Osborne

        @vinaya I know that many times, content sites have been targeted by scrapers. In an instance like this, the best thing is to report the scraper blog to the web host and Google. If Google de-indexes them and the web host blocks their IP address, it makes it more difficult and much less profitable to steal content.

      1. Profile photo of Vinaya
        Vinaya Post author

        We need to fight against plagiarism. When someone steals out work, he is actually stealing our money.

    2. Profile photo of shaloo walia
      shaloo walia

      It’s good that the site took the required action and removed the plagiarized content. Thanks for sharing this here as it will help many who face the same issues!

      1. Profile photo of Vinaya
        Vinaya Post author

        Some sites will help you,however, some sites won’t. There is one site where a user published my article. I asked to take it down but neither the thief nor the site has taken my content down.

    3. Profile photo of Vinaya
      Vinaya Post author

      @ruby3881 once the entire hubpages website was copied. The admin sorted this issue pretty soon. The best way to deal with content theft is to write to web host.

      1. Profile photo of Kyla Matton Osborne
        Kyla Matton Osborne

        It’s good when the site admin help to protect the interests of the writers. I can remember reporting copyright infringements to Yahoo when I was writing for them, and they simply didn’t care to do a thing about it. I had so much of my writing from both their contributor network and other sites they ran stolen. And when they shut down the Yahoo Voices site, they put redirects on all our content so none of it could be properly archived on the Wayback Machine. Because of this, I’m still struggling to prove ownership of stolen posts I learned about years later.

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      grace

      If only many followed these steps. the Internet would be a great place having no plagiarists. Good you succeeded in your efforts.

      1. Profile photo of Vinaya
        Vinaya Post author

        we as a writers and content creators need to join together and fight against plagiarists. We not only lose money when our content is stolen, we also lose our pride.

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