Congratulations #Authors – One battle won against #Copyright #Infringement – UPDATE…

To keep you posted after my post about CONFIRMED COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT NOTIFICATION yesterday and to let you see that you are NOT ALONE in the battle against it, here are the statistics on the post at the time of writing THIS post:

373 visitors viewed the post published at 20:12 pm last night.

TEN of them re-blogged it, thereby spreading the word FAST.

To see the all responses, look at the comments under the article HERE, however, here is a rough timeline of significant events:

At 21:56 pm, The following comment was received: 

Update: I also sent them a message through Facebook demanding they remove it. They responded:”hi ******, all book grab automatically from many source. we are apologize if your book published in our site. please contact us via http://www.e-bookdownload.net/contact-us/ with your book title list and we will remove it in 1x24hours. thanks” I informed them I had, I will be keeping an eye on it, and they should consider changing their policies because they have no right to access work this way.

At 22:42 pm I got the following report back:

Interesting, within about 10 minutes of me making my official Facebook complaint (I had just done the message to them) my stuff (all of it) is no longer on their website.

At 23:21 pm I got the following comment: 

Small update: They’re obviously panicking and deleting the majority of the books they offer.

At 01:15 am – the following comment was received: 

I’ve been clicking through and their site links all go to http://www.urbooklibrary.com that, in turn, directs you to a site called Ovplay, which as far as I can make out, is all about credit card fraud. So I’m no longer certain if they have our books or are using them as bait.

At 01:39 am – the following update was received: 

They’ve taken my book down already and appear to be removing authors’ posts from their FB page

By 06:55 am I got the following comment: 

Just checked I had shared its FB link to my FB page with a warning about these eBook Pirates.. This morning its no longer there.

They CLOSED DOWN inside ELEVEN HOURS!

However, this is only ONE of the many such sites, so be Vigilant!

The following advice on how to respond to such infringements is worth knowing:

VERY IMPORTANT!!! DO NOT SEND THE SITE A DIRECT NOTICE. They are a click farm looking for you email and you will be infected with a virus. Use Facebook’s reporting form to remove their link source from Facebook’s server.

My attorney warned me not to click on them, but to send a form letter to their server. You can find out their server here: http://www.whois.com/whois/

A copy of the take down form letter to send:

SAMPLE DMCA TAKE DOWN NOTICE

My name is INSERT NAME and I am the INSERT TITLE of INSERT COMPANY NAME.

A website that your company hosts (according to WHOIS information) is infringing on at least one copyright owned by my company.

An article was copied onto your servers without permission.

The original ARTICLE/PHOTO, to which we own the exclusive copyrights, can be found at:

PROVIDE WEBSITE URL

The unauthorized and infringing copy can be found at:

PROVIDE WEBSITE URL

This letter is official notification under Section 512(c) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (”DMCA”), and I seek the removal of the aforementioned infringing material from your servers. I request that you immediately notify the infringer of this notice and inform them of their duty to remove the infringing material immediately, and notify them to cease any further posting of infringing material to your server in the future.

Please also be advised that law requires you, as a service provider, to remove or disable access to the infringing materials upon receiving this notice. Under US law a service provider, such as yourself, enjoys immunity from a copyright lawsuit provided that you act with deliberate speed to investigate and rectify ongoing copyright infringement. If service providers do not investigate and remove or disable the infringing material this immunity is lost. Therefore, in order for you to remain immune from a copyright infringement action you will need to investigate and ultimately remove or otherwise disable the infringing material from your servers with all due speed should the direct infringer, your client, not comply immediately.

I am providing this notice in good faith and with the reasonable belief that rights my company owns are being infringed. Under penalty of perjury I certify that the information contained in the notification is both true and accurate, and I have the authority to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright(s) involved.

Should you wish to discuss this with me please contact me directly.

Thank you.

/s/YOUR NAME
Address
City, State Zip
Phone
E-mail

PLEASE NOTE – If YOU come across any further such sites and are CERTAIN they are infringing YOUR copyright, LET EVERYONE KNOW by POSTING it on YOUR OWN BLOG.

PLUS – send me the direct link to your post so I can check the claim and re-blog here.

If I receive several such separate posts, I will publish a list of them for visitors to go to and take appropriate action after reading your post.

I suggest you use the following style post title (INCLUDING Hash Tags) to ensure the word spreads FAST on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+

#Authors #Copyright #Infringement #Notification

Several of you had the misconception that you were ‘Nobody Important’, so how could you tackle such a site.

BY NOTIFYING EVERYONE ELSE SO YOU CAN MAKE IT WORK.

TOGETHER you have ALL succeeded – be pleased with that!

FINALLY – My thanks to Susan Toy and others who fielded questions during my downtime – It demonstrates TEAM EFFORT WORKS…

TSRA

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101 thoughts on “Congratulations #Authors – One battle won against #Copyright #Infringement – UPDATE…

  1. Reblogged this on Everything Indie and commented:
    Congratulations to everyone who reblogged, Tweeted, or otherwise shared the information about this piracy site, thus enabling authors whose books were on the site to have it shut down by Facebook.

    Special thanks to Susan Toy for alerting authors to the problem, Chris TSRA for sharing it with his army of followers, and S.K. Nicholls for sharing the link to WHOIS and providing a sample of a take down notice.

    Facebook also has a list of FAQs regarding reporting copyright infringement on its sites at: https://www.facebook.com/help/400287850027717

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  2. I’m absolutely dizzy from reading this, and the good advice from your followers.
    Wouldn’t you know it, I found a site using one of my photos. Of course I sent them a direct message, (using an email form) not having found this post, yet. I’m hoping I don’t get an email virus. I’m on MAC…maybe that helps. here’s my image on their site. http://images.frompo.com/da03f3a4c6f3bfa2ff97c504fa0198f4. I do not belong to this Frompo! Here is the link to the post I did. The photo in question is 3rd down. http://graffitiluxandmurals.com/2014/10/27/spirit-in-the-sky/ I went to Whois, but I don’t understand on which line the server’s name is. I’ll keep trying to figure it out. They even have my blog name there: Graffiti Lux and Murals. I’m going to have a look to see if I find more on their site. I won’t join, but I think I can find more the way I found this one.
    If it is not down by the morning, I will write the letter using your outline.
    Thank you for this article.

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