Planet13 - 1:45 am on Jul 16, 2013 (gmt 0)
Hi there, Everyone:
Someone scraped several articles and accompanying pictures from my site.
I filed a DMCA request with google, but they said:
It is unclear to us whether or not you are the authorized copyright agent for the content in question.
(You can see the full response at the bottom of this post.)
How do I make this clear to google that my wife and I ARE the copyright holders?
Some of the pictures that they scraped and show on THEIR site have our very-easy-to-see copyright watermark on them (it's the copyright symbol followed by our domain name - not our personal names).
The scraper's site has only been around since March of this year. The content in question has been on the CURRENT URL of our site for at least a year or more. Before that, it was on the same site but a different URL (and before that, it was on a different site that we owned, but split the content off to this site).
1) Isn't google able to see that this content has been on one of our two sites for the last several years, while the scraper's site didn't even exist?
2) Is it because we don't have a copyright notice on the bottom of EVERY PAGE of our site? Just a global one on the home page?
3) How likely are we to get in some sort of lawsuit over this?
Thanks in advance. This is really frustrating. We've already lost a ton of traffic from google (for whatever reason), and now google doesn't believe that our own content is ours!
COPY OF RESPONSE FROM GOOGLE TO ORIGINAL DMCA FOLLOWS:
Thanks for reaching out to us.
We have received your DMCA notice. It is unclear to us whether or not you are the authorized copyright agent for the content in question. Only the copyright owner or an authorized representative can file a DMCA Infringement Notice on his/her behalf. Please note that you will be liable for damages (including costs and attorneys' fees) if you materially misrepresent that a product or activity is infringing your copyrights.
If you or your client is not the copyright owner for this content, we can not process your notice. Please have the copyright owner file a DMCA notice with us. If you or your client is the copyright owner, please provide more detail explaining how this is the case.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
The Google Team