Google takes action on infringement?
I’ve run into situations before where someone has infringed on my copyright.
About three years ago, after an alert and kind reader let me know about running into some of my work in a book purchased in the Kindle store (not one of my books), I let Amazon know and the book was removed:
As I said then, “…I’m not a big person for punishment, public shame, or revenge. I usually just want the situation fixed. :)”
I mentioned recently that my posts (in their entirety…and every one of them in sequence, at least the latest ones) were appearing on a site without my authorization.
I named the site then, because I couldn’t see any way to contact them…and I figured, hey, if they are publishing my material, they are probably reading it. 🙂
I gave them a couple of days to remedy the situation (and a way to contact me privately, if they wanted to arrange permission…I have allowed some things before, even without compensation).
That didn’t happen.
I saw that they had ads (making this a commercial enterprise), powered by Google’s AdSense.
I clicked the link for AdSense, and they nicely had a specific way for me to report the infringement…it even automatically linked back to the website. I stated I was the copyright holder: I am…I obviously don’t register the copyright before I publish these posts, but copyright in the USA is automatic. You don’t need to register it to have protection, although registering it gives you more options. I have registered some copyrights in the past.
Google said, in part in this short excerpt: “We will promptly review this website to ensure that it complies with our policies and, if necessary, take the appropriate action.”
Well, I’m pleased to report that while the infringement is still happening at this point, the ads are gone from the site.
Hopefully, this will get them to remove my material, or contact me for permission. Since they aren’t profiting from it via the Google ads any more, and they’ve been informed of the infringement (I think the vast majority of infringers are simply ignorant of the relevant law), I’m hoping the situation is fixed soon.
I’d really rather not take additional action…that’s no fun for anybody.
I see at least one post from someone else I (virtually) know on there…I’ll alert that person, although, of course I’m only assuming that they didn’t get permission.
I’m quite confident that Google removed the ads…thanks, Google!
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