Last week I wrote an email to Google, complaining about bitacle.org’s abusive behaviour and I asked them to reject bitacle.org as their customer. Today I received an answer in response to that by email. Read below what they wrote to me. The only thing I changed in the text was my own name to ‘X’.
Thank you for your note. It is our policy to respond to notices of alleged infringement that comply with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (the text of which can be found at the U.S. Copyright Office website: http://www.copyright.gov/) and other applicable intellectual property laws. In this case, this means that if we receive proper notice of infringement, we will forward that notice to the responsible web site publisher.
To file a notice of infringement with us, you must provide a written communication (by fax or regular mail, not by email) that sets forth the items specified below. Please note that pursuant to that Act, you may be liable to the alleged infringer for damages (including costs and attorneys’ fees) if you materially misrepresent that you own an item when you in fact do not. Accordingly, if you are not sure whether you have the right to request removal from our service, we suggest that you first contact an attorney.
To expedite our ability to process your request, please use the following format (including section numbers):
1. Identify in sufficient detail the copyrighted work that you believe has been infringed upon. For example, “The copyrighted work at issue is the text that appears on http://www.legal.com/legal_page.html.”
2. Identify the material that you claim is infringing upon the copyrighted work listed in item #1 above. You must identify each page that allegedly contains infringing material by providing its URL.
3. Provide information reasonably sufficient to permit Google to contact you (email address is preferred).
4. Include the following statement: “I have a good faith belief that use of the copyrighted materials described above on the allegedly infringing web pages is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.”
5. Include the following statement: “I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in the notification is accurate and that I am the copyright owner or am authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.”
6. Sign the paper.
7. Send the written communication to the following address:
Attn: AdSense Support, DMCA complaints
1600 Amphitheatre Parkway
Mountain View CA 94043
OR Fax to:
(650) 618-8507, Attn: AdSense Support, DMCA complaints
The Google AdSense Team
In case the content of your weblog appears on bitacle.org’s website, you might consider placing a post on your weblog containing the following text.
Don’t forget to change the web address, or URL ‘https://stopbitacleorg.wordpress.com‘ into your own!
Please look carefully at the web address in the URL field of your browser. It should read ‘https://stopbitacleorg.wordpress.com‘. In case you see a web address containing the word ‘bitacle’ or ‘bitacle.org’, you’re not looking at the original page on which this text was posted. If this is the case, the text you are reading right now might be incorrect or out of date. After I place a post on my weblog, I always try to keep published information up to date, or incorporate additional information, which I receive from readers. You will never find this information on bitacle.org.
P.S. In this particular case, the word ‘bitacle’ is part of the web address ‘stopbitacleorg’ and this might be the only exception on the rule! 😉
In the post Are Bitacle blog thieves too? on lutrov.com, David Martin, claiming to be seo of bitacle, writes that he will answer your question. I don’t believe this, because I’m still waiting for an answer from David Martin, in reply to the message I sent to him.
Report apparent abuse of Google Ads to Google, because bitacle.org uses the content on your weblog to earn money with Google Ads. As many people should inform Google as possible from whom weblog content was stolen. More information at How do I report a policy violation?
We are not the only one with this problem.
- Spoken For: Those Bastards!! (bitacle.org)
- Bitacle: thieves now open for business in the 8th circle of hell
Banning their IP is a bit of a problem because they are changing it. At the moment it’s 188.8.131.52.
The people behind bitacle.org steal content, such as text and images, from other’s weblogs and place it on their own website. Their practices are criminal and/or abusive, because these people violate the copyrights on the original content, of their holders. Not only copyrights are violated, licenses such as those of the Creative Commons are not respected as well.
Stolen content from weblogs is placed on bitacle.org’s website, between commercial messages for which the people behind binacle.org are being paid for by advertisers. At this moment Google places commercial messages on bitacle.org, but this company is requested to reject bitacle.org as their client, because of bitacle.org’s criminal/abusive behaviour.
Stop bitacle.org from stealing the content of weblogs. Take action!