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report blatant copyright violations

Who should we be reporting stolen content to? IE. having it removed for review

It's not MY content but I won't just watch and ignore while other people submit material ripped off from others.

It shouldn't require a request from the owner for something do be done when it's so obvious.
Step up and confront it.


At least add something to the flag menu.

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We cannot do anything unless the original author comes to us.
the heck you can't:

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Technically, the original author should be reporting the offence. I've had a similar issues on other websites.

However, if you are certain that the project comes from elsewhere, I would make a comment on the project, include your source, and then flag the project as "inappropriate". Staff can sort it out after that.
explosivemaker (author)  Kiteman3 years ago
They cannot be expected to know when their material is being used without their permission. I would be ******** if I found out that a random site had kept up a posting of my content after they were notified it had been unlawfully used.

One of the examples I and someone else just recently saw had the images cropped to remove the watermarks that were on the originals. That doesn't happen by accident.
Similarly, admin staff cannot know an alleged violation is genuine unless they have access to the facts, and the way I understand the law in the US, that requires that accusations of breach of copyright must be brought by the material's true owner. Quite a number of projects here *look* plagiarised, but actually their author published them elsewhere, under a different user name, before discovering instructables. My first six or seven projects were actually posted on a BBC website before I joined here - I got a number of accusations of plagiarism before people worked out the truth.

However, as I mentioned above, if you add a comment to a suspect project, include the URL you believe thet came from, then flag as inappropriate, the admins will do what they can.
explosivemaker (author)  Kiteman3 years ago
I understand that possibility, but if the real author actually had posted it, they either would have used the original images that were taken or the same ones uploaded to their site. They probably would have also left a note and or a link saying to come visit them. Neither were present.


I guess that will have to do...
Actually, I can think of a bunch of recent projects where the author originally published in an online magazine, then edited the images to use here. :-)
caitlinsdad3 years ago
Well, did you comment on that instructable to see if the plagiarizer responds?
explosivemaker (author)  caitlinsdad3 years ago
yup
Well, this is the internet. Does the person stand to make a lot of money from ripping off someone else's work? Probably not. Will the person do it again? Probably. There are bigger fish to fry. You did all you could do.
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