by endre
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I have just found out that another website is using my material (a video). They have removed my website details from the video, and replaced it with their own.

What can I do about this?

thanks
endre
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  • Profile picture of the author Creative Thinker
    Ignore it...
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    • Profile picture of the author dmarze
      Originally Posted by Creative Thinker View Post

      Ignore it...
      Yes, ignore it and create more videos.
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  • Profile picture of the author josspam
    uhmm send an email to them saying that it's your material... even then... I don't think you could make much about this...

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  • Profile picture of the author blur
    Write a nasty email telling them you're considering legal action. Other than that, is it worth the trouble or expense fr legal action?
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  • Profile picture of the author Akky
    @Creative_Thinker,

    That is not a way of answering. A Warrior is seeking help, so give out a few tips..

    Hi there Endre,

    You can check their whois details and send them an email with a warning.

    "It has come to our attention that you have copied my video without my permission. We'll be giving you 2 days time to remove it. We will contact your host with a DMCA notice"

    If they don't fall for the warning, then you'll have to move on. Because, it will just make you spend your time and money for legal purposes.

    The above was just an example, make it more specific and detailed - like which video, etc.

    I hope it helped.
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  • Profile picture of the author jazbo
    Send them a DMCA if you are in the USA.
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  • Profile picture of the author KenThompson
    View Profile: sbucciarel has a good story on one of her blogs recounting
    her experiences with enforcing a DMCA.

    It's very detailed. You'll know exactly what to do after reading it.

    I don't remember which blog it was, but if you contact her I'm sure
    she'll point you in the right direction.

    Good luck.
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    • Profile picture of the author Tina Golden
      This kind of thing happens and no, you shouldn't use all your time and energy trying to fight it but I don't understand those who just say to ignore it. It doesn't take that much to send the owner a letter saying that you have put the matter in the hands of your lawyer and that there will be a DMCA issued. If that doesn't scare them (and it won't always), then send the DMCA to the host.

      At that point, you may give up as it would be very expensive to go further legally and may not work with a website on the other side of the world. But at least you tried and at least some of the time, you will succeed.

      I think the "just ignore it" philosophy is a big reason why so many are doing this. They think it won't matter or even that it's okay to do. At least let them know that it is not okay to steal someone else's work.

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      • Profile picture of the author anu_smart
        Hi Friend!

        This always happens in the internet industry.. I'v heard of some technique that does not allow users to download or copy pictures/videos from your web pages.But am not sure of its name..Its better you get that done in future.


        As of now, i wold go with the above reply, try giving a warning by getting their email id on domaintools.com..

        Failing which, you can spend time and money, else ignore...
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    • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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      Originally Posted by KenThompson View Post

      View Profile: sbucciarel has a good story on one of her blogs recounting
      her experiences with enforcing a DMCA.

      It's very detailed. You'll know exactly what to do after reading it.

      I don't remember which blog it was, but if you contact her I'm sure
      she'll point you in the right direction.

      Good luck.
      Thanks

      It's on domainingdiva.com .... I think about the 3rd post down.
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      • Profile picture of the author endre
        I tried your domain...but cannot find it...could you please direct me, as this is important to me
        thanks
        endre
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  • Profile picture of the author Matt Bard
    I would look up their information like suggested above.

    Then I would track them down and see where they lived, stake them out and check out their routines and find out where they work and shop.

    Go hire four really big and nasty looking "Mafia" type guys. Rent a big black car. Then send the guys to the culprit and have them say "so, you're the video thief huh"? "we got a video for ya" "let's go for a ride".

    Or not.

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    • Profile picture of the author miset
      Ad Matt suggested i would like to apply for the role of "Mafia" guy, it could be a good fun Anybody else want in?

      Originally Posted by Matt M View Post

      I would look up their information like suggested above.

      Then I would track them down and see where they lived, stake them out and check out their routines and find out where they work and shop.

      Go hire four really big and nasty looking "Mafia" type guys. Rent a big black car. Then send the guys to the culprit and have them say "so, you're the video thief huh"? "we got a video for ya" "let's go for a ride".

      Or not.

      Matt
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      • Profile picture of the author endre
        THanks everyone...a lot of great info there...

        Lots of helpful suggestions...a few of them are a bit worrying...eg: that the host company may cover up for the villain and turn a blind eye...but apparently that is the exception rather than the rule...

        Could someone please tell me what a DMCA notice is?

        thanks again
        endre
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  • Profile picture of the author VegasGreg
    If you can track them down, SUE THEM for copyright infringement.
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    • Profile picture of the author SandyDuPlessis
      When I discovered that another website was using two posts/articles lifted straight from one of my sites, I simply sent them a polite mail thanking them for the compliment and reminding them that the work was copyrighted. I also requested that they be kind enough to add my name and link back to my site.

      They did without any problems

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      • Profile picture of the author Scott Ames
        Originally Posted by SandyDuPlessis View Post

        When I discovered that another website was using two posts/articles lifted straight from one of my sites, I simply sent them a polite mail thanking them for the compliment and reminding them that the work was copyrighted. I also requested that they be kind enough to add my name and link back to my site.

        They did without any problems

        Sandy
        Dang... The nice approach..Never really thought of that. Really I didn't. My first reaction is to do battle. I'll try that.
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        • Profile picture of the author mkayius
          Would you go to so much trouble with legal action and everything just because they copy a video from you?
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  • Profile picture of the author Joe Stewart
    I've had this kind of thing happen to me before and I've done both, ignored it and sent a cease and desist similar to this.

    "It has come to our attention that you have copied my work without my permission. I realize this may have been a mistake on your part, however it's not something I'm willing to overlook. I don't create content so that others can use it without me getting the proper credit that I deserve. I'll give you 2 days to either modify it and give me credit or remove it. After that I'll be forced to contact your host with a DMCA notice".

    Most of the time people that do this are complete newbies and don't realize they're doing anything wrong. Most of these people will pull it down or fix it right away. Receiving something like that will flat rattle some newbies.

    I've also had to go to their hosting company and have them shut down. It's usually not a problem to do. Make sure you've made an honest effort to contact the offender and make copies of the emails you send them to show their hosting company. Most companies will try to contact them first, but if they don't reply or make the necessary changes immediately, the hosting company will shut them down. I've had it done twice.

    However, as I said before, it consumes a lot of time and energy trying to chase these people down, especially when you've got hundreds or thousands of pieces of content online.

    Every person has to decide for themselves if it's worth it to mess with.
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    • Profile picture of the author Scott Ames
      I've got one like that and I've been trying to get them to remove the article or put in the author box. No one cares, not their host, not Adbrite, etc. They've masked their identity with some host that keeps everything private and won't forward anything to them unless you use a proper DMCA notice with proof of ownership and all the rest of the hoops. These people are experts at hiding crooks.

      Originally Posted by Guitarjoe View Post

      I've had this kind of thing happen to me before and I've done both, ignored it and sent a cease and desist similar to this.

      "It has come to our attention that you have copied my work without my permission. I realize this may have been a mistake on your part, however it's not something I'm willing to overlook. I don't create content so that others can use it without me getting the proper credit that I deserve. I'll give you 2 days to either modify it and give me credit or remove it. After that I'll be forced to contact your host with a DMCA notice".

      Most of the time people that do this are complete newbies and don't realize they're doing anything wrong. Most of these people will pull it down or fix it right away. Receiving something like that will flat rattle some newbies.

      I've also had to go to their hosting company and have them shut down. It's usually not a problem to do. Make sure you've made an honest effort to contact the offender and make copies of the emails you send them to show their hosting company. Most companies will try to contact them first, but if they don't reply or make the necessary changes immediately, the hosting company will shut them down. I've had it done twice.

      However, as I said before, it consumes a lot of time and energy trying to chase these people down, especially when you've got hundreds or thousands of pieces of content online.

      Every person has to decide for themselves if it's worth it to mess with.
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  • Profile picture of the author jam52633
    Send a stop and desist letter!
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  • Profile picture of the author steveweber
    This Reminds me of a funny story from our ebay days. We had someone stealing our pictures. Not only did they steal our pictures, they were linking directly to them. So I changed our page and saved-as the pictures with new names. I then changed the original file names to pictures of condoms instead of the supplement product they were promoting...it was pretty funny.
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
      Originally Posted by blur View Post

      Write a nasty email telling them you're considering legal action. Other than that, is it worth the trouble or expense fr legal action?
      Write the letter and cc: their hosting company.

      Since you found them, it's probably a newbie that bought one of those "Get Rich on YouTube Without Creating Anything" products that tell them to download videos and replace the original information with theirs.
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    • Profile picture of the author peetred
      Originally Posted by steveweber View Post

      This Reminds me of a funny story from our ebay days. We had someone stealing our pictures. Not only did they steal our pictures, they were linking directly to them. So I changed our page and saved-as the pictures with new names. I then changed the original file names to pictures of condoms instead of the supplement product they were promoting...it was pretty funny.
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      • Profile picture of the author HomeBizNizz
        Find their company email
        and sign them up for porn...

        Originally Posted by peetred View Post

        Genius
        You can use .htaccess for this.
        If a hotlink occours, another pic is shown insted.
        I used a naked penis squirting. :p
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  • Profile picture of the author XRevJosh
    just send them a email concerning the video and that you wish to take action against them, and they should just get scared and take it down.
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  • Profile picture of the author TommyBoy
    Contact the hosting company. If it is a reputable one they will give them 48 hours to take it down. This happened to me once.
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  • Profile picture of the author chebe21
    I guess You should put your url or your brand inside the video, so if some body use it..

    that help's You because your brand/url are being promoted too!


    Good luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author mmcqueen
    Email them and ask them if they know that the video they have put up is yours and that they don't have permission to use it. They may have got it from somebody who they thought had rights to sell it.

    If that don't work, contact their hosting company and see what they can do about it.

    Good luck,

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  • Profile picture of the author MichaelHiles
    DMCA notice to the host and start watermarking your your videos.
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  • Profile picture of the author Wide
    What you need to do is to send a "normal" (not email) DCMA letter, use google for a template.

    If you dont have a business name, then make one up - you need to look like someone with ressources.

    Give them a 7 days warning from the date the letter was created.
    Send a copy of the letter (and email) to the hosting company at the same time, they will forward it to the client.

    In most cases this will scare them and they remove the material.
    It's the only thing you can do, taking legal actions is normally not an option, unless you got a huge income from your website.

    Remember to watermark your videos in the future.
    If your using voice in your videos, then make sure you say the name of your website a few times.
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  • Profile picture of the author Chrissy Allen
    Hey,

    The ideal thing would be to get your details put back onto the video and then let them use it.

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  • Profile picture of the author patselby
    Although you can't ignore it, please don't let their bad energy become yours. Try to get it fixed but don't fixate on it. Stay positive and focused.
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    Consider it a compliment.
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    waterboard them
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