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[closed] Blatant Copyright Violation (3 posts)

  1. JMcNaughton
    Member
    Posted 10 months ago #

    I discovered a PDF download of one of my books on PDFShare.Org
    The book is not out of print. It was apparently posted by "Admin" which suggests whoever is running this site violated my copyright.
    This is the link:
    http://pdfshare.org/earthly-knight-an
    Legitimate file sharing sites have a way for copyright holders to register a DMCA objection, and they will remove the offending file if there is an actual copyright violation. PDFShare.Org does not have this option. I can ask Google to disable the search links to the file, but this takes time and does not resolve the copyright violation.
    I make my living from my books. This kind of violation of the law erodes my income. This is completely illegal and it's demoralizing to know that my intellectual property is being ripped off like this.
    Now, tell me there's nothing that can be done about it. That's what you're *supposed* to say under these circumstances, right?
    Janet McNaughton

  2. WPyogi
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 10 months ago #

    WordPress.ORG provides FREE software and support on these forums - but does not have ANY control over how someone uses the software. So, while we certainly don't condone copyright violations, unfortunately, there really is nothing anyone here can do to help you with a legal matter. Sorry.

  3. Now, tell me there's nothing that can be done about it.

    I do not want to discourage you or make you feel worse but I think it is important that you understand the following:

    There's nothing to be done about it here as no one here has anything to do with that site at all.

    This is the support forum for WordPress open source software. That site is using the software (it's free and anyone can download and use it) but that's all there is to it. WordPress.ORG does not host that site.

    I'm not a lawyer nor should you just accept any advice on how to deal with this without speaking someone who know/deals with this.

    However I suggest you attempt to identify where that site is hosted, who owns and runs that domain, and what registrar they are using for domain.

    With that information you may be able to contact the correct people to get your problem resolved.

    See this link for more details on that.

    http://lorelle.wordpress.com/2006/04/10/what-do-you-do-when-someone-steals-your-content/

    Good luck and I hope you continue to make a living from your books.

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