Now how ironic is it that I just posted to this blog earlier today about how to protect yourself from copyright infringement and people stealing your work, and just a few hours later I found a piece of scum stealing an entire site of mine??Â The "real" site (mine) is ChickTech.net. It's one of my newer blogs (launched in April), and also the one I launched a blogtalkradio show for last week. The infringing site (aka "scum central") is ChicksTech.com (won't dare live link the bastard). Anyway, here's what I'm doing (oooh... case study!):
- I already contacted their registrar -they set up their enom account with fake information (really disappointed that it's even a possibility really... are drop-down menus too hard or something, when they'd stop people from making up imaginary states?).
- I went into the whois records and found the guy's yahoo email address. I sent a notice that I expect my content and site's likeness removed within 48 hours.
- If it's not removed by that time, I've detailed my further actions: reporting them to the search engines for copyright violations to have them de-indexed, reporting them to their hosting company to try to have it forcibly removed, pursuing the surrender of the domain name as it was used with the direct intention of profiting from my name, site name, and protected content, and contacting a lawyer if needs be (someone specializing in international intellectual property rights issues).
So we'll see what happens, and I'll be sure to post an update. I have to say... I'm more than mildly pissed... this is the first time I've had a full site ripped. I'm fuming. And if you know me, you'll know a fuming Jenn isn't very pleasant... and she doesn't take a lot of BS. Especially not from thieves.
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Jennifer Mattern is a professional blogger, freelance business writer, and indie author. She began writing for clients in 1999 and started her first blog in 2004.
She owns 3 Beat Media -- a publishing and client services company which operates All Indie Writers as well as several other websites and blogs including The Busy Author's Guide and BizAmmo. Jenn comes from a background in online PR and social media consulting, having owned a small PR firm for several years before choosing to pursue a full-time writing and publishing career.
Jenn also writes fiction under multiple pen names in the areas of children's fiction, mysteries, and horror fiction. Jenn is an active member of the Horror Writers Association (HWA) and currently serves as the organization's Assistant Coordinator of Promotions and Social Media.
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