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post #31 of 38 Old 03-04-2011
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There is a saying that plagiarism is the highest form of flattery. I've managed contractors in India, and I'm guessing that the best you could hope for would be asking for attribution of your intellectual property - "Adapted from http ...." - perhaps a euphemism for "Copied from ...."
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If you have the original work...sue this guy. Send his ISP a takedown notice and say you're the original copyright holder. It takes vigilance...but in this day and age, thats the price you pay for creating an original work.
Yup. Pretty much this.
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I'm missing the part about how you are damaged and to what amount.

Unless you can attach a very significant dollar amount to the infringement or have attorneys on staff, forget about it. Just modify your site to make it clear that the others are thieves. Just an opinion.

The Internet sucks in many respects.
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infringement

A couple of legal points: copyright attaches the moment that the work is created in a medium, and does not require a copyright notice (though its a good idea). The copyright act provides for statutory damages for each infringement, so you don't really have to prove damages. The damages are higher if you can prove the infringement was intentional. But you can't get damages if you can't find the bums. In order to bring a lawsuit you do have to regster the copyright with the copyright office frst, which is easy to do and costs very little ($35 per item if you do it on line). Most of the information is available on line at U.S. Copyright Office . But the reality is that it probably does not pay because its a pain in the neck and costly to pursue. On the other hand it is free to send a takedown notice to the ISP under the Digital Millenimum Copyright Act (DMCA) and they will normally take it down.
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MainSail, hopefully, they will remove it when you make the request. There is little honor, it seems, in these overseas websites.

On a positive note, I had no idea we could get away with using the world Scumbag on this site. That's awesome.

Scumbag, scumbag, scumbag, scumbag...... I'm feeling better.


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Guys I appreciate all the effort but please do not send any more emails. This is NOT a real company!!! They appear to be nothing more than an email phishing outfit. When you send them an email they now have REAL verified working email addresses to SELL to others.

Not one individual that I know of who has emailed them has received a response. If you have LET ME KNOW. One guy even opened an email address under a very "marine" sounding name and stated he was a wholesaler and wanted to buy stock of 20,000 marine bearings if they could provide him with a sample of the product, metallurgy reports, certifications and ISO compliance or similar. NOTHING, not even a response!!

If you want to help please let me know the exact steps I need to take to get Google to stop indexing them in searches and Yahoo, Bing etc. etc... Sorry for dragging you guys into this but these SCUMBAGS will stop at nothing to scam the general public including using my work to do it.

Also if anyone knows of an EASY & free bulk watermarking program I think I found a way to update my images on PBase without breaking the links.....

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try adding a java program to your website disabeling the right click on the mouse.
The other would be to post all published items in secure PDF with copyright and water marks and provide links to papers. Atleast this way if they still steal it you can prove steps were taken to prevent it. And as we all know locks, truley are for honest people, if they want it, or in they will.
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I'm an IT guy, send me a PM if you want some help.

You can watermark your images with FastStone ImageViewer pretty quickly and easily, but that won't stop anybody. Neither will blocking right clicking.

If you reference my earlier response, you need to send the ISP a DMCA notice, which will kick them off the web. You can't do anything about google/yahoo's search indexes... they will update once you knock them off the web.

Assuming the ISP is a US entity, here's what you should do:
Use some form of screen capture/print the page to PDF for proof/reference
Email them a DMCA notice (free, just takes some time)
If they fail to respond, mail them a printed copy via certified mail (cost of postage + certified mail)
If they fail to respond, contact a lawyer and sue them. Any lawyer should take the case, since they can easily get their fees plus damages for you for failing to comply with DMCA and copyright violating.

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