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Zero day copyright violation

By Kenneth Barbalace
[Thursday, June 01, 2006]
Well the article I published on the Russian ban on Norwegian salmon on EnvironmentalChemistry.com on Wed, May 31st and by Thurs, June 1st somebody had already stolen my article and copied it to their site. The sheer audacity of the way people steal content like this really pops my cork.

Look people if you want good content for your site, do what I do pay people an honest rate to write articles for you. People don't drop articles in my in box begging me to publish them out of the goodness of their heart. In order to attract well qualified writers to produce really good articles like this I have to pay them very good rates.

Don't bother stealing content from my site because I will find out and I do have lawyers and I have no problems protecting my legal rights. Oh and for those of you who live in the U.S. copyright infringement can cost you $150,000 in civil fines under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Look the theft of intellectual property is a crime so don't do it.

If you want to protect your website from these types of content theft, I highly recommend a service called Copyscape (http://www.copyscape.com).


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