This is sad, but true:
Most of my orphaned articles from Yahoo contributor network have been stolen. I’ve found out through digging around that most people who wrote for them (Yahoo, YCN, Associated Content) had their work lifted, ‘scraped’, and regurgitated back on the internet in many random blogs, articles and sites.
Now, when I would like to use my articles on legitimate sites, I cannot because they tell me that work has already been published elsewhere. (On the hijacker’s sites). Whaaa?? Seriously? Someone else is not only taking credit for my work, but getting away with using it without my permission? Talk about frustrating.
Well, I’ve had it.
I am taking the offensive in this one.
It was MY hard work that went into those articles and it’s not right these thieves can use it wherever they want and call it their own.
I’ve been leaving messages and comments wherever I find my articles stating:
NOTICE: if this article is not removed promptly I will have to report it to Google: respond to notices of alleged infringement that comply with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (the text of which can be found at the U.S. Copyright Office Web Site, http://www.copyright.gov) and other applicable intellectual property laws.
I sincerely hope this never happens to you, but if it does use this link to report it:
Where to report alleged content: