I got a good tip from Michael James on how he finds folks that have been stealing his content and passing it off as their own, and it really is quite simple.
- Find one of your old posts and copy a sentence from the middle of the article
- Go to google (or whatever search engine you like) and paste the phrase into the search phrase (if you want to be even more clever, you can enclose the phrase in quotes, so you are looking for an exact match).
- Voila, you will see if there is anyone out there passing your good works off as their own stuff.
You then need to have a standard DCMA infringement e-mail that you will then want to send to the alleged perpetrator (and maybe copy Google if you wish) asking them to take the content down. It seems to have worked well for Michael James, I have yet to find anyone who has “stolen” any of my content, but I will keep looking.
You wrote it, you should be the one to profit from it.
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