Plagiarizing my articles- whats the proceedure?

by Emailrevealer 11 replies
I have identified a woman that has been taking my articles and reusing them with her own name. Only sometimes does she barely spin them at all. She uses them for an affiliate program of one of my competitors.

What's the procedure for dealing with this? Lawyer letter to the plagiarist or letter to the affiliate marketer?
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  • Profile picture of the author CDawson
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    I would send via pm and tell her that you know she is stealing your content and if she does not stop then you will take legal action. If you scare her than good for you but thats about all you can do. Your always going to have people like this :/

    Good Luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author mgriswold224
    I would start by letting her know that you are aware of what she is doing and that you are taking action. She more than likely will stop. Next I would let the affiliate that she is promoting products for know because none of use want anyone promoting our products that would steal. I would also let the company she is submitting the articles to know so they can delete them.
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    • Profile picture of the author Eric Lorence
      File a DMCA notice with whomever is hosting her site, and with any directories you find her to be using.

      Good luck!
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      • Profile picture of the author Allen Graves
        Only problem is that she will simply switch to a different author to steal from.

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        • Profile picture of the author Paxton
          Get in touch with the people running the affiliate program for the product she is promoting.

          Most affiliate managers are very responsive to any kind of complaints made against their affiliates - as this is in effect a complaint against the product itself.

          Had a problem a while back with repeat spam I was getting about a certain product. Sent all the spam emails with the links to the affiliate programs and hey presto - no more spam.

          Hope it helps
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          • Profile picture of the author Emailrevealer
            Thanks alot guys. I'm going to spend a few hours today identifying this lady and putting together all her articles. Theres about 30 of them.
            I'll contact her and her affiliate manager.
            What a waste of valuable time.

            I'll let you guys know how it turns out. Thanks for the advice.
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            • Profile picture of the author Paxton
              If the affiliate program is part of a big affiliate network, contact the network as well. They certainly don't like this kind of stuff.

              When you do contact the affiliate manager, ask them to provide you with reports of any sales made through links in the articles this marketer stole. Easy enough to do.

              One thing I always use in communications like this.

              Send the email to the affiliate manager, CC in an made up name and email (or a friend's name and email) - say John Smith for example.

              In your email point out that your lawyer, John Smith will be copied the email and ask the affiliate manager to cc John Smith in as well. Usually gets a better reaction.

              You never know, you might be entitled to some commissions for anything that went through your material.
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              • Profile picture of the author Emailrevealer
                Well I talked to CLICKBANK on the phone and they say if I dig up all the specific URLs of my articles they will ASK the affiliate to remove them.
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                • Profile picture of the author Paxton
                  Have a chat with the actual product affiliate manager as well.

                  They are your first port of call.
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  • Profile picture of the author Emailrevealer
    Well in this case the merchant is a competitor that sells a service that they know does not work. Basicly a poor imitation of my product with a flashy page but no actual work behind the investigation.
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    • Profile picture of the author Paxton
      Originally Posted by Emailrevealer View Post

      Well in this case the merchant is a competitor that sells a service that they know does not work. Basicly a poor imitation of my product with a flashy page but no actual work behind the investigation.
      That unfortunately could describe more than one merchant and product. Amazing how far a little bit of hype can go...

      Hope you see some results from ClickBank anf good luck with the whole situation.
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