So You’re Stealing My Poetry?
Although somewhat flattering, I recently found several websites republishing my poetry without permission. Generally, I would email the website’s owner and have them take down the poem or at the very least place a link to the original. The problem is, many websites (for whatever reason) do not have a contact form or email address visible on their site. This leads me to believe they know they are doing something wrong or they honestly have no clue how to conduct a website of any nature.
So here are my choices:
- Look up the domain in a Whois lookup utility and hope for an email address. If it is there, email the owner.
- Email the domain register, tell them about the copyright infringement.
- File a DMCA report with Yahoo, MSN, and Google. They will remove the results from Google.
- Talk to a lawyer.
If I made any real money off the poetry, I would definitely do option 4. However, that just isn’t the case. Since my poetry still is ahead in search engines, it isn’t a dire situation. It is just really, really annoying that someone would steal the poetry and not even bother to give a link back. If it gets any worse I’ll definitely do #1, #2 and possibly #3.
What do you guys think?