About a week ago, I shared an experience I had with a company who reposted an article I wrote without credit or permission. You can see that post here: http://amarketingexpert.com/someone-steals-stuff/
If you click on the article in question, you’ll see that the article is gone. I wanted to share what transpired after I reported them. GoDaddy wrote me for additional information, which I provided, and within 48 hours they wrote me back with this note:
Within an hour, the website owner who I’d been dealing with wrote me. He said he was surprised I’d taken this action and he cc’d GoDaddy on this correspondence. I reminded him of our correspondence and told him that in order to repost someone’s work you must credit them appropriately and contact them to ask permission.
So the website was down for a while, not sure how long, but I think at least a day. Now when you click the link it shows this:
It honestly took very little effort to battle this so if you ever find yourself in this situation, be sure to follow the guidelines here: http://amarketingexpert.com/someone-steals-stuff/
Don’t let someone steal your stuff!
Congratulations, Penny! Because of all the gray areas in online publishing and because of the sheer volume of material available, people believe they can skate under the radar. I’m glad you found this infringement, followed up on it aggressively, forced the perpetrators’ hand, and are publicizing the outcome as both inspiration (and warning!) to others. We work too hard–you, especially–to create useful content to let its value be diminished by unauthorized use.