Outing a Shady Site on My Blog... DMCA Copyright Infringement

Jan 21st

Generally not a cool thing to do, but this person deserves it.
http://www.openmerchantaccount.com/ has part of my ebook published on their site, obviously without permission.

I would have attempted to contact them, but the contact us link on his site was not readily available. They also used fake WhoIs data.

Now DMCA could be the right idea if it was US hosted but it is not. Since they are using fake WhoIs info and the like I think they would just move the content to another throw away domain on another server anyway. It is best to look at their source of income and link popularity and try to go that route first...that way it actually has a lasting and / or significantly costly effect.

They are running AdSense on the page which has a stolen copy of my ebook and their AdSense account # is
pub-6435000594396515
I already provided AdSense feedback to Google about the ads on their site.

The bulk of their link popularity comes from hidden footer links on
www.outsourcetranslation.com and
www.findpeoplefree.co.uk

which also have hidden footer links to
http://www.xaml.net/
http://www.webtropy.com/
http://network.programming-in.net/
http://www.ftpclient.co.uk/

Not sure if any people from the search engines will read this post, but I will be making one of the few spam reports I have ever made and then following up by contacting his registrar and host, and then giving the major search engines a DMCA report.

their site is hosted at
WebHost.ie
and the registrar is
http://www.stargateinc.com

more linkage data info:
www.openmerchantaccount.com/ has hidden text backlinks at
www.lssd.net
http://www.letterlogic.com
www.water-n-motion.com
and the other sites that were link farmed together via hidden links above.

[added: where to report DMCA copyright infringements:
Google
Yahoo! Search
MSN Search]

Published: January 21, 2005

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Comments

openmerchantaccount
January 26, 2005 - 4:24pm

Apologies.

I'm sorry for posting your ebook on the website, It was given to me by a freind, and I didn't realise it was copyright, since it had no copyright notice on it. I'll take it down this evening.

Regards

Fiach

January 26, 2005 - 4:34pm

I don't think the site is up anymore since the registrar was contacted about false WhoIs data.

and even following any of the links on that page of your site that were java encoded would have shown that it was my book for sale

nice try on the it was an accident line, but you added copyrighted content to your site and java encoded the links too and were too lazy to check out where it came from and you were too lazy to follow the links you were recommending to others.

and then you come to my site and say it was an accident. B/S

also if you felt the content was good enough to post on your site perhaps you still should have bought at least one for the trouble you cost me.

my ebook had a copyright notice and it is people like you that make it hard for honest businesses. way to suck pal.

January 21, 2005 - 4:57pm

Lame stuff, I hope you can get it fixed.

WT
January 21, 2005 - 9:53pm

A few more places to submit DMCA complaints to: http://www.seologic.com/faq/dmca-notifications.php

January 21, 2005 - 9:59pm

You should have linked to his site so he'd see it in the logs....of course with the new rel="nofollow" :)

January 22, 2005 - 1:38am

great post - I had the same thing happen to me a while back and shaming them the way you have actually worked. I linked to them so they saw the logs and similarly talked of how I was contacting search engines, hosts and their advertisers....they reacted pretty fast in getting my content off their site....

Good luck

January 22, 2005 - 1:50am

Looks like you jacked them...DNS error on main site. Nice work...

January 22, 2005 - 3:52am

looking up their publisher # I noticed that bloggers complained about this person spamming back in May of 2004
http://weblogs.asp.net/jezell/archive/2004/05/22/139180.aspx

and they specifying how to contact people for his abuse. wonder how long the person has been doing this crap.

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