AAARRGGGHHHH ... people still stealing my work
vern4wright at yahoo.com
Mon Feb 23 13:25:31 CST 2009
In my experience, it is a lawyer that can help; since it is an Iranian website that is offending, that makes it more difficult.
Two experiences: I had provided the draft of a novel to a fellow author for his suggestions and general review. It was clearly under my copyright, both implicit (post 1976) and the standard copyright notice was in it.
I didn't have a publisher for it. And to my shock and anger, I found this novel chopped up and serialized in a tabloid publication. I considered a lawyer but the expense of going against the tabloid was excessive. All I could do was to write and protest, with demonstration of my original authorship. The publication of the serial was ended by the tabloid before the story ended - but with no explanation and no attribution to me. The perpetrator of the fraud never said a word to me in response to demands that he admit his theft and pay me for my work.
I considered this a half-victory.
OTOH, my late friend Dona Meilach had written a book titled "The Best Bagels Are Made At Home" (among her 75+ books), and I had done beta-testing of her recipes. I later saw her recipes being published on a USENET cooking forum and told her about it. Her publisher and their lawyers tracked down the poster and issued a cease and desist request - which was complied with. But the key here was having a publisher who understood that the ECONOMIC interests of themselves and their author were being compromised.
I consider that a three-quarter victory. Somewhere out there her recipes are available, as is her book (though I don't think in current publication).
Intellectual property must be defended but it is a very difficult and expensive thing, as lawyers are required to obtain full satisfaction. In your case even that would be unlikely.
I think the best you can do is to write to the Iranian site and demand that they provide adequate attribution - whatever that is. Don't hesitate because of the language difference - obviously they read English and can communicate in English.
We are on both sides of the intellectual property issue in the classic computer field, with so much of the software that runs our machines in limbo legally.
--- On Sun, 2/22/09, Evan Koblentz <evan at snarc.net> wrote:
> From: Evan Koblentz <evan at snarc.net>
> Subject: AAARRGGGHHHH ... people still stealing my work
> To: "'General Discussion: On-Topic and Off-Topic Posts'" <cctalk at classiccmp.org>
> Date: Sunday, February 22, 2009, 9:25 PM
> This was an issue a couple of years ago. Now it's back:
> the 10,000-word
> article that I published on my personal web site in 2005
> (and since took
> down) is reprint IN FULL at
> obviously without my permission. Whatever moron did this
> even included my
> disclaimer saying not to steal my work!!!
> Here are two other examples:
> Big yellow chart 1/3 down the page:
> Timeline 1/4 down the page:
> Can anyone help?
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