Recently we published an article about digital copyright violations. A subsequent post noted that Homepreneurs was a victim of repeated copyright infringement. An official DMCA complaint form was filed with the website hosting company and followed up with information requested by the host. We are pleased to state that the offending writer’s web pages were removed by the website hosting within a week of filing the complaint.
This is the text sent to Homepreneurs email from the legal department of the website hosting company:
Thank you for contacting the Legal Department.
We have contacted the owner and we have removed the offending website pending removal of your material.
Please feel free to contact us again if we can be of further assistance.
The website was checked for several days in a row with no recurrence of violations. We will continue to monitor on occasion to ensure that copyrighted material is not used by others for gain or profit.
The point here had nothing to do with money – Homepreneurs makes no money whatsoever. A simple principal was at stake: my copyrighted words were taken by someone else and used without permission. A second goal was to show our readers that DMCA claims are easy to file and if legitimate, yield results. Website hosting companies are bound by Federal law to investigate any official complaints submitted. If violations are found, the host must notify the provider and if necessary, terminate the hosting contract. Serious penalties may result if complaints are not investigated and followed up.
A win for the good guys this time! If anyone feels their material is reprinted (digitally) without permission, feel free to email Homepreneurs (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we’ll try to point you in the right direction.
By Dion D. Shaw
Dion D. Shaw is the founder and owner of Homepreneurs
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