by endre
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My videos are being stolen by another website. My sitename (at the bottom) has been cropped out, and their site name substituted.

I would like to work out a deal with them...I'll allow them to use my videos in exchange for...what?

What sort of deals can you make with this sort of thing?

Obviously I will ask for a link back to me, plus that they do not remove my website name from the videos...

What else can I ask for?

thanks
endre
  • Profile picture of the author billspaced
    Originally Posted by endre View Post

    My videos are being stolen by another website. My sitename (at the bottom) has been cropped out, and their site name substituted.

    I would like to work out a deal with them...I'll allow them to use my videos in exchange for...what?

    What sort of deals can you make with this sort of thing?

    Obviously I will ask for a link back to me, plus that they do not remove my website name from the videos...

    What else can I ask for?

    thanks
    endre
    They stole from you and you're acting like you owe them something?

    First, I'd send them a note. Tell them that they need to give you attribution for your work and not to alter it in any way.

    If they want to alter it, tell them they can and charge a "fair price" for doing so (think of it as PLR in the video realm).

    If they continue, tell them you'll send your lawyers after them. Nobody likes that.
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  • Profile picture of the author mywebwork
    If someone blatantly stole your work they aren't likely to want to cut a deal with you - and as billspaced points out why on Earth would you do that anyway? That's like calling the thief who stole your car and offering to lease it to him!

    If your videos have audio you could mention your site name throughout them, that may dissuade them.

    A stern "cease and desist" letter should really be your next step.

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  • Profile picture of the author Guide
    Try C&D, but getting a backlink will be a win-win situation.
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    • Profile picture of the author graham41
      Could you not complain and have their site banned or something?

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      • Profile picture of the author Wham
        if you try to reason with them thats going to make you sound weak

        write a professional serious email or whatever you can to them, tell them they have x days to remove your work or you will take legal action against them.
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      • Profile picture of the author JohnPark
        Go to this link and read the article. This should help you. learningmovabletype.com/a/001560is_someone_stealing_your_content/ - These people stole your content, you have the upper hand. Don't give in to them. You make the demands. I wouldn't even bargain with ignorant people like this.
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        • Profile picture of the author endre
          Thanks everyone

          I'll follow up on your suggestions but one thing bothers me...the threat of legal action...

          legal action is something I cannot afford and I don't want to threaten it, if I cannot follow through with it

          Any suggestions on that?

          thanks again
          endre
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          • Profile picture of the author billspaced
            Originally Posted by endre View Post

            Thanks everyone

            I'll follow up on your suggestions but one thing bothers me...the threat of legal action...

            legal action is something I cannot afford and I don't want to threaten it, if I cannot follow through with it

            Any suggestions on that?

            thanks again
            endre
            Legal action does not mean "sue." It simply means that you can and will take whatever actions the legal system gives you. This could mean writing their webhost and proving to them that you own the copy. They, by law, at least here in the US, have to take it down.

            You may want to consult with an attorney where you live...alternatively, find out where the thief's web host is located and simply contact them. The worst that can happen is they do nothing. But they may feel compelled to remove the content.
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  • Profile picture of the author freudianslip27
    I think it depends on the context. Is your brand able to get extra publicity? Or was it stolen in a way that you are getting zero benefit right now?
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