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Someone pinched my instructable (https://www.instructables.com/id/Fudge-Brownies/) and put it on their own website as theirs! (http://www.gunook.com/fudge-brownies/) What can I do about it? I want it taken down!

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ThirdEarthDesign (author)2017-11-25

Ok, so I've done some digging on this. The website 'gunook.com' might be written in German, but it is hosted on server located in the USA, so it is covered by the DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act).

Turns out they actually had at least eight of my Instructables on the site, as well as a whole bunch of other people's Instructables, I saw A LOT of stuff that I recognised on there. I've since managed to get most of mine taken down.

The domain registrar for 'gunook.com' is Wild West Domains (part of the GoDaddy company), but the site's DNS is managed by CloudFlare (a forwarding / re-directing service that protects against DoS attacks and helps increase website performance). By contacting CloudFlare I found out that the 'gunook.com' website is actually hosted by 'RamNode'.

Send a DMCA take-down request to abuse@ramnode.com and they will get it removed pretty quickly. The request has to be done in a particular way and you must provide certain information and use certain phrases in the wording of your request, just follow this guide(I used the sample template provided). Good luck!

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iceng (author)ThirdEarthDesign2017-11-25

+1

You did good... Kudos !!!

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Josehf Murchison (author)2017-11-16

Recipes are not protected under copyright and patent laws, however your picks and your writing are protected.

The thing is not all countries signed into the international copyright and patent agreement. And that is a German translation with no author claimed, so I am not sure you can do anything but swear at them like you did.

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ThirdEarthDesign (author)2017-11-14

I know the feeling, the same site has also translated and published at least two of my Instructables without giving any credit:

http://www.gunook.com/touchscreen-display-lite-ver...

Legal battles cost money so probably not worth it, could ask them to give proper credit or remove it, then cross your fingers!

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Downunder35m (author)2017-11-12

If you are lucky then the most simple thing should do it:

Contact us: webmaster#gunook.com

The link(s) are at the bottom of their page.
Since none of them are working and the website is hosted on a crappy hosting site that does not care I think an email to webmaster@gunook.com could help.
Tell them that it is more than obvious that the content is stolen and violates your license.
Give them three days to take the content down then contact again.
If no luck contact the hosting site or the DMCA directly with info on your ible (link) the license used and that you want your content taken down.

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seamster (author)2017-11-12

Hi there,

Here's a forum topic on the same subject, that has a lot of good info:

https://www.instructables.com/community/Ofslides-ible-poaching/

I'd recommend reading at least a couple pages of the comments, which include outcomes from authors who have likewise found their work reposted elsewhere without their permission, and what they have been able (or not able) to do about it.

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steveastrouk (author)2017-11-12

Not a lot really, unless you have deep pockets and European lawyers by the look of it. You could send a takedown notice to the webmaster.

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