How to Avoid Paying a Penalty Charge Notice

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Have you found some content on other people’s blogs that look exactly as that on your own blog, and do you know that this can lead to paying a penalty charge notice? You have one or more of a variety of things you can actually do to minimize or stop it and there are copyrights infringement laws that regulate these practices in your favor.

Occasionally, you may discover or observe that you have a certain number of posts on your blog that are duplicated by other people and may not know where to go. There wouldn’t be any need to get baffled over duplicate content discoveries on your blog at all.

Part of what I’ve gained from experience so far in the online world is that some of these veterans that duplicate content from other people’s blogs don’t usually or deliberately do it just to implicate or hurt the original author of that content. But as a matter of facts, the original authors are getting terribly hurt and implicated.

Not all the cases of content duplicity should be reported or taken actions against, but once you’re fully convinced that someone duplicated or stole some content from your blog posts, you can issue a DMCA notice to the suspected person.

In finding duplicate content on your site, the following points should be noted:

  1. Do you see every cause to combat with the people who steal content from your site?
  2. How to reduce the consequences of content scraping on your blog
  3. When you have reasons to take legal actions or know the right way to go about it

Do You See Every Cause to Combat with the People Who Steal Content from Your Site?

It occurs naturally in life that we frown at whoever steals something tangible from us. The only feasible way to be risk-free in search engines is making sure that the thief who steals the content does not have a higher rank than that of the original author.

If I must concentrate on handling the thieves who copy content away from my site, then what would be a profitable thing to show for that?

Right from time, I was always scared of having some duplicate content on my blog as I knew that whoever is found guilty would receive the penalty. And it’s worth considering so far Google would only check into who outranks the other. This implies that if the content thief ranks more than you do, then the guilt will be placed on you, not on the thief rather. This is how Google treats such issues. To be on the safer side, issuing a DMCA notice would be helpful as this will be a piece of evidence that you truly detected a piece of content that was copied from your blog.

Google does not use any other strategy other than checking out for the one who has the higher page rank in search results. So, it’s important that you regularly check out the posts on your blog against plagiarism.

If it happens that someone truly copies some content on your blog and such a person eventually outranks you in search engines, then it’s either you re-edit such a post or issue a DMCA notice to the suspected blogger, or notify the Hosting Service Provider and Google.

Once the Alexa ranking position is checked and you happen to outrank the thief’s blog, there’s no worry at all. Literally, you may have nothing to gain victimizing the suspected thief because you’ll succeed in doing that at the expense of your daily blogging routines.

How to Reduce the consequences of content scraping on your blog

Any content scraped is the very content that has been copied or stolen by another person through the RSS feed of your blogging empire. It has got to a level now that the people who steal content from your blog actually make use of some automated tools to carry out their operations. The automated tool makes it highly-possible for them to get the content stolen from your blog published on your own blog.

While trying to play safe with these guys, note the following:

  • Refer to some previously published posts on your site in any post you publish.
  • Embed the URL that links to your blog and that which links to the original content in the footer of your site’s RSS feeds.

When You Have Reasons to Take Legal Actions or Find the Right Way to go About it

As you’ve read that some people actually make use of some automated tools to automatically copy content from your blog, some are also professional blog content thieves who don’t need to use any tool at all to perform their operations.

I try taking some legal actions whenever I detect some duplicate content through the use of tools like CopyScape and others which include issuing a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) notice to the appropriate quarters.

I particularly felt so depressed sometimes when I found that part of the content on my blog has been copied to other web pages. Some of these people would only edit the first and last paragraphs and will leave the body intact.

Further steps you can take to ensure you have your copied content dropped for you:

  1. Victimize the blogger who copies some part of the posts on your blog
  2. Notify the web hosting service provider of the thief’s blog
  3. Issue a DMCA notice to the content thief himself
  1. Victimize the Blogger Who copies Part of the Posts on Your Blog

If you really want to victimize the content thief who has copied content from your blog, then you can take the following steps:

  • Blackmail such a content thief for doing such an evil

A great strategy for victimizing the content thieves is blackmailing them on forums, social media, communities, and everywhere. Aside from blackmailing such a content thief on social media posting and sharing with friends, followers, fans, groups, and acquaintances, your blog is there to leverage while making a blog post that is relevant to this topic.

If you know how to fill a case dispute against your content thieves, you’re deeply covered by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Go ahead and do this whenever you detect some duplicate content.

  • Notify the thief’s advertising agency

The fastest way to get your content dropped down for you is writing the thief’s advertising agency. Once the content thief gets notified by his advertiser of the stealing dispute, he’ll likely drop it.

In case of his refusal to drop down the copied content for you, you’ll have to resend another message to his advertisers stating that the blogger who copied your content refuses to drop it.

  1. Notify the Web Hosting Service Provider of the Thief’s Blog

In case the content thief would refuse to drop the stolen content, you have whois.net at your own disposal to get all details about his website and personal details.

You can alternatively send a notification message to the thief’s hosting service provider and this may somehow help you have your stolen content dropped.

Because the hosting service provider wouldn’t ever want to be held to ransom, they’ll take actions immediately. Once the notification gets to them, they’ll instruct you on how you can properly fill the DMCA take-down notice and take appropriate actions right away. Once you have the total assurance that he stole part or whole of your content, it will be dropped.

In case the thief’s site is run on popular blogging platforms like WordPress, Blogger.com, Tumblr.com, Weebly.com and the likes, issue a Digital Millennium Copyright notice and follow all instructions. Then get ready to produce the following alongside:

  • The web address that links to the page on your site where the content is copied from
  • Other necessary details such as the time, day, and month of the year the content was originally published on your site.

Web hosts themselves know the implications of such cases on their own part if the thief is found on their hosting platform. It will be assumed that they too are a party to the stealing of content from other people’s blogs and, thus, may be prosecuted and required to open case files.

Because of this, web hosts take quick actions; investigate the stealing as well do other necessary things in their own interests, not even in the interest of the accused content thief at all.

  1. Issue a DMCA Notice to the Content Thief Himself

By sending a notification message to the content thief through his site contact box that he has infringed your content copyright, this may prompt him to drop your content for you.

The reaction or consent of the blogger to your notification messages sent and other actions taken will determine your next line of action. If he complies, you may not take any further action, but if he remains adamant, don’t hesitate to press further.

Conclusion

Having read the content about duplicate content and how you can safeguard your site, you may want to ask some questions. What are you waiting for?

If you enjoyed the reading, don’t hesitate to get back to me by leaving a comment below this post and earnestly await informative responses from me.

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About Israel Olatunji

I am Israel Olatunji, the creator, and founder of OnlineBusinessPublications.com; an online publishing network deliberately set up to give humanity special insights into blogging and to help veteran bloggers showcase their potentials towards building up a successful online business. I offer SEO specialist advice to blog owners and webmasters on Internet Marketing, Blogging, Freelancing, Entrepreneurial Business, and Affiliate marketing.

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One Comment on “How to Avoid Paying a Penalty Charge Notice”

  1. This is a very interesting article,

    Thank you for bringing this to my attention,  I had not really put to much thought into people stealing my content until you mentioned this.  Is their a way I can find out if people doing this to my content? Or is this just something you stumble across when you are seeing who your competitors are?

      I can imagine their is a lot of gray areas on this topic as well,  Like some things are common knowledge and surely some of this would have to be put into account when people describe a common topic.  Surely with million of websites it would be hard not to come up with the same idea at times.

    You given me a bit to think about.

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