Stealing Your Ebook... What Do You Do?

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I just found out that someone has downloaded my ebook found at EmailMarketingElite.com which I sell for $97 and is giving it away for free on their website with a bunch of other products in exchange for an opt-in. I wrote this product myself, I have sold thousands of copies and I have never given out resell rights or anything of the sort.

This guy basically just stole my product and is using it as the feature ebook on this website to build his own list.

Has anyone else ever had this happen to them? If so what is the recommended course of action? Considering suing this guy, but wanted to get some opinions first.
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    Send a DMCA notice to their host. Should take care of it. Instructions and sample DMCA here

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    • Profile picture of the author Jonathan Joseph
      Good suggestion @sbucciarel.

      @ChrisDouthit, unfortunately this nonsense can happen at times. I'd suggest you copywrite your material asap if you haven't, and send in the DMCA notice to their host as @sbucciarel suggests - you can find out who they are hosting with through a whois look-up.

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      Send a DMCA notice to their host. Should take care of it. Instructions and sample DMCA here

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  • The best ever is to send him a direct message, trying to solve the thing.
    But if the user doesn't answer, or ignore you, the best thing is to send a DMCA notice to the host he is using.

    You can check the host on any whois tool.

    See you soon,
    Alessandro Zamboni
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  • Profile picture of the author ChrisDouthit
    Thank you will do that!
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  • Profile picture of the author Simmeon
    If for example he reuses to remove the offending material.
    If his host was not helpful and didn't take action.

    Would you sue the individual?
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  • Profile picture of the author IMHunter
    Yes, send a DMCA notice to their host, they will force him to remove the copyrighted material.
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  • Profile picture of the author talfighel
    Send him a direct email and tell him that if he doesn't take off your Ebook, you will take legal action. What legal action you can take? I really am not familiar with that.

    If you get no replies, contact their hosting company and this may help.
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  • Profile picture of the author onegoodman
    I agree with Alessandro. Send him an email (preferably a DMCA template one). So, it looks official.

    If he didn't comply with ur email and take it down within say 3 - 5 days, contact his hosting and they shall take it down.

    If not there r further actions you can take, but at that point u probably will want a lawyer to handle it from that point.

    If he is smart (or at least his hosting company), you shall n't have any problem take it down in less than a week
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    Contact this dude and tell him to stop stealing your product. If he doesn't, report him immediately.
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  • Profile picture of the author Marsala
    First, a direct email. In case of no compliance, DMCA notice to his host.
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  • Profile picture of the author BHeard
    DMCA to the host and also use it as a marketing note it - "my work is so good they are stealing it...."
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  • Profile picture of the author Alex Guzman
    Show this person a lesson. People should learn not to steal, I would sign up to his list and then get his email that way. Then I would do what all of the suggestions above say to do. Good Luck, I would like to know how it goes.
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  • Profile picture of the author anticoder
    Honestly, it creates exposure for yourself and products for the future. If they are really ripping it off, that means it could possibly be a good source of income for said thief.

    One thing to think about is that most internet users are dumb. Aside from Limewire type programs or torrents, it hasn't really been too easy for people to find much if they didn't have a good deal of internet know-how already.

    Use his stealing of your product to make something bigger and better to really bank off of.

    If you're really bothered by it, DMCA to the theif, then a DMCA to his host, then a DMCA to his actual host host.. meaning not his host like "hostgator" or whatever, but to the actual physical bandwidth pipe coming into his host for the domain.

    If you drop me a pm (i cant respond yet new member) I can provide you with the data pipe if you have to go that far.
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  • Profile picture of the author ChrisDouthit
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  • Make it worth your while by putting links in it to your squeeze page. Then switch to video which is easier to protect.
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  • Profile picture of the author Robert Michael
    I know this is an old thread, but since its an ebook, you might want to consider using a plugin to automatically "stamp" it with the buyer's info.

    Will make people less likely to share it when their own info is also at risk.
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    • Profile picture of the author Hud
      a plugin like which one? I've been searching for a plugin like this for ages...
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  • Profile picture of the author OldLodgeSkins
    Also, an easy trick - I protect all my e-book against modification with a password. I've said modification, there are 2 passwords you can set, the other one is for reading it which I obviously never set.
    Then include a copyright notice at the beginning of the e-book and in the footer of each page... Saying it can only be downloaded legally on your website and any other form of distribution is illegal and should be reported to you. With the modification password it will be impossible to remove those notices.

    Seb.
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  • Profile picture of the author HN
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    Originally Posted by ChrisDouthit View Post

    P.P.S. This is an introductory price; we are going to be raising the cost of membership to the normal level very soon. So get in now while you can get your membership at the deep introductory discount.
    You have sold thousands of copies since 2008 at the deep introductory discount. When are you going to be raising the cost of membership to the normal level? Or is this just another rubbish aka. marketing tactics to create the sense of urgency? What's the normal price for an ebook that's probably outdated and has dozens of rehashed versions available as PLR products at $1 a piece, including professionally designed newsletters and sample email titles? And I probably seen exact same product in one of the PLR stores. I have to double check though.

    From my experience people that say rubbish on the sales page most likely have a rubbish product as well.
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