Showing posts with label DMCA. Show all posts
Showing posts with label DMCA. Show all posts

Thursday, May 2, 2019

How to File a Copyright Claim With Google

In my previous post I detailed the copyright debacle that has consumed way too much of my mental energy and way too much of time over the last week. As I mentioned in that post, I am trying to make something good out of it by creating and sharing resources about what to do if you find yourself in a similar situation. To that end, I made a video about how to file a copyright complaint with Google.


You can find Google's copyright complaint form here.

As more than a few of you have said to me, this debacle has served as an example that you can use with your students and colleagues when discussing copyright issues.

How to File a Copyright Infringement Complaint With Facebook

I frequently deal with websites that are plagiarizing my work. Usually, I deal with sites that are plaigiarizing my work by simply sending them a notice that they've been caught and that they should stop. Seven times out of ten it ends there. If it doesn't end there I'll send a formal DMCA takedown notice. In every instance in the past decade, those two steps have done the trick.

Unfortunately, for the last week I've been dealing with the owner of a site called Online Cultus that didn't respond to any private messages except to once say "we're not stealing any posts." Worse, the owner of the Online Cultus, Aleksandra Arsik, unleashed a series of Tweets in which she blamed her copyright infringement on me for publishing an RSS feed that lets people read my posts online. She thinks that because the RSS feed exists that she can copy and paste the posts then simply add "source: Free Technology for Teachers."

Since the owner of the site dug her heels in and refused to acknowledge any wrong-doing I had to start filing copyright infringement notices with the two biggest sources of traffic for her site, Google and Facebook.

How to File a Copyright Claim on Facebook
In an attempt to make something good out of this copyright debacle I have made a couple of videos to illustrate how to file copyright infringement notices with Facebook and Google. The first of those videos is How to File a Copyright Claim on Facebook.


As I mentioned in the video, filing a complaint on Facebook is a little more complicated than it is on Google. This largely due to issues around fair use. If you need to file a copyright claim on Facebook I recommend thoroughly reading the documentation that they provide as you go through the copyright complaint form that is available here.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

What To Do When Your Pictures, Text, and Videos are Stolen Online

For years I've written and ranted about websites committing blatant copyright violations. Some of you have been supportive of my rants, thank you. This morning I am madder than ever about a website stealing blog posts. That's because this morning I found a website that was not only stealing my writing, it was stealing my pictures too. Including a picture of my daughter. The worst part is that the offending website is placing R-rated to X-rated advertisements next to the stolen pictures and posts.

Rather than just making this into another "Richard is ranting about copyright" post, I would like to share what you can do if you find yourself in a similar position. I made a video to illustrate the process the that I use to deal with blatant copyright violations by spammy websites. The process is outlined in written form here