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Re: Reporting Stolen Content

Carol W wrote:

> On Wed, 3 Aug 2005 10:15:59 -0600, "Mikkel Møldrup-Lakjer"
> <mikkel@fabel.dk> wrote:
>>"Roy Schestowitz" <newsgroups@schestowitz.com> skrev i en meddelelse
>>> Frankly, I don't think anybody reads these reports carefully. The time
>>> spent
>>> can be rather high. A process of reporting and proving proof is just not
>>> worth it.
>>3-5 minutes to potentially take down an entire site?
>>Seems reasonable to me, if it works, mind you.
>>Google Guy was reported to have said something about the fact that Google
>>did not receive much critique from users about some modifications to
>>algoritms, thus would not make correcttions. If this comment is to be
>>taken seriously, it means that user reports do mean something to Google.
> Sometimes the better place to report stolen content and copyright
> infringements is to the theif's site host itself. Most will work with
> the author or other site owner to protect their copyrights.
> If the same person continues to lift/steal content then one can
> consider legal avenues.

...Doesn't work with Blogspot unfortunately. Somebody I know barely even
received a response for the complaint when reporting that content had been
stolen as well as ALL SITE GRAPHICS HOTLINKED. HOTLINKED! Would you believe
those bastards? They duplicated his Web site entirely on Blogspot/Blogger.

> Search engines will probably just drop the reported site from their
> index ...

In an imaginary world with 10 influential search engines, each of which with
a share of 10%, how can abuse be reported without turning into a ridiculous
time drainer?

> ...which does affect the traffic flow to that one site but
> doesn't remove the lifted/stolen content from that site either which
> the person can still promote other ways than through search engines.

Syndication/feeds become the main form of readership to many. People
subscribe to content of interest and will not bother to check where the
content came from unless it is cited. It's navigation via subscription
(newsgroups and mailing lists for example) rather than (on-line) portals
and search engines.


Roy S. Schestowitz

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