Found an author who copied my work/articles recently... HUNDREDS of articles of mine had been spun, copied, and plagiarized by this one guy over the course of a year. He'd also placed my work on his own website, in dozens of places, and it looked like he was getting significant traffic.
He copied my Ezine articles, spun them, and put them on Articles Base. Then he did the exact opposite. He took other stuff I'd written on my own site(s) also, as well as stuff I'd submitted to other article directories.
Anyway, I'm writing to tell you of my success in getting this guy shut down. It took a while to show specific examples (he was spinning my stuff to the point where the replaced words, adjectives and grammar were getting unreadable), but I filed complaints with all major article directories.
Ezine, ArticlesBase... these sites worked quickly to delete all his accounts. I also filed a DMCA complaint with Hostgator, and they're giving him 48 hours to take down all my content before they disable the site themselves.
I know this kind of thing is frustrating and not often worth the time, but the five hours I spend shutting this guy down is going to cost him thousands of dollars in lost affiliate income. To me, it felt GOOD.
Just wanted to share with everyone that it's not all that difficult to pursue this sort of thing. Jackwads like this destroy the integrity of article marketing altogether, making it more difficult for people who provide unique and compelling content.
Sorry, but spinning is ridiculous.