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:
- Send a message to the person who stole your content and ask him/her to take down the content.
- Write to the website where stolen content is hosted and ask the admin to remove the content.
- 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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