"They don't need to go to all this trouble, just visually look at the document being uploaded. The sites that had illegal downloads of my ebook clearly showed my copyright notice, and a paragraph saying it was copyright protected. If someone sees a document, written by Jeff Colburn, but submitted by Joe Schmuck, then it's a pretty safe bet that it's copyright infringement."
Now I just ask you this question as I do not know your situation here all the way but it was uploaded title.doc or title.epub or title.zip(title= the title of your book)? Or uploaded as somename.zip, sometitlename.zip see adding it to a zip file puts it in a new layer so its not as simple as look at the file. Or are you talking about a page that had info and a link to a file? not sure we are on the same page here. I am thinking more towards file hosts like rapidshare and rereading it is sounding like you are talking about your book put in viewable text that you load though a web page? If the last one is the case such as I would think scribd.com would be then that's a different matter and I can't speak on that as I know not what kind of privacy issues they they would have trying to look at the document or tools to prevent they would try to use to help block content.
"One guy even bundled my book with over 100 other books, that included authors Ray Bradbury and Stephen King. And this bundle appeared on 3 different sites that I know of. Since almost no writer has 100 books to their name, any idiot could tell that this was copyright infringement, if they bothered to look."
Now got a bundle of 100 books so it for sure was a zip or rar file which adds the extra layer so looking at the file does nothing unless it says stolenbooks.zip because that what a file storage sees not what is in them and they can't till how many files are in a rar or zip file.
And wow sorry to tell you I have almost 800 physical books not counting about 400+ ebooks many were free and many paid for. Free books get 100's of them from places like smashwords.com not that most good ones are free but hey that's where we published our books(well my wife's) So because they have 100 books in a zip file that its illegal.I can zip up my free and purchased books and store backups of them as long as I don't hand out the backups or the orginals.
oh and here is a link you can grab a few free ebooks if you want Look it over. More than 8400 free books that site alone. Now I can't swear none are infringements.
"For my blog I have to approve every comment. I've gone through over 7,000 posts to see what's real and what spam. If I can do this, so can these other companies."
file storage sites and big linking sites are closer to 7000 a day and they use scripts to try and block what they know are to be infringement. It is not perfect but some have been making progress.
Now just as an example of something I have done to help me fight and at least get a little bit out of those that may steal my work I have been known to make a post to rouge sites saying hey I see that you are looking at this software/book whatever and since you are here instead of at my site means that you feel its not worth x amount so I am willing to give you a break and let you have it for y. you would be amazed at how many end up buying it at the y if not the x amount just to support someone who is willing to work with them. Just an idea I know it should not have come to that but hey I still get a little bit out of it.
I won't point out what all on SourceForge can end up being labeled as infringing and become targets later on. Those who know what the SOPA and PIPA paths head towards can already see it coming and those that can't never will.(till its hits them in the face)
"Sorry about the link, I fixed the issue. Try this again http://www.thecreativescorner.com/2010/03/23/your-copyright-is-useless."
Thanks for the link.
Interesting article and I can feel your frustration I am not against you on wanting something done. I am willing to go though and see if we can find out what went wrong on a few levels let me take this part of the article and explain a little on it so that maybe you can understand how and why the attempts at this site did not work.
"One of these sites claims to put all removed books into a database. When a new book is uploaded, it is supposed to compare it to everything in the database, and if there are any matches, the manuscript will not be posted on the website. So far, this site has posted my book on five separate occasions. I guess their database doesnít work very well."
Most these sites add hash tags and file names to these databases to try to stop file from being re-posted and it does stop those that just re-upload it but the problem with this is that people 1 change the name a bit and 2 add something the zip file that contains the infringement this changes the the hash tag oops then it no longer meets the infringing material that was sent with the original DMCA they have no way of knowing what the new hash or file name is till they are informed.
If you have any technological way of making it so they would know I am sure places would like to hear it even if not I know I would love to have this wonderful insight. As it sounds like a idea to create software and make money blocking others from infringing.
"I have no problem with the storage sites you mentioned, as long as they check every document uploaded to their site for copyright infringement before posting it. If they decided to run a business where anyone can upload anything, then they need to have something in place to be sure they aren't allowing copyright infringement. That's just part of running their business properly. If they can't, then shut them down."
Ok let us go on to this section you have about checking every document I am sorry I don't want my privacy invaded by tearing apart my .exe files apart and exposing the source code to the script that is supposed to check every file. I keep my business records backed up though my computer an external hard drive and I also encrypt the files rar them up password the rar file and zip the rar file with a different password before uploading and no way is it feasible for any company to check into these files. not to mention the quantity of files being uploaded to sites like this its just plan and simply impractical to expect them to check every file being uploaded.
"If the government would get involved with enforcing the copyright laws, instead of leaving it up to the little guy to fight large companies, things would be better. I mean, the government does charge to register a copyright so why not spend some of that money to enforce the copyright laws that they are in charge of?"
Yeah sure it costs to register a copyright but the 30-35 dollars (don't remember what it was that the wife paid to copyright her book) that it cost will not go very far covering any kind of enforcement.
This is why you find a way to offer your work in a super convenient way. I know that my wife's and my work will be infringed all I can do is hope that its easier and at a reasonable enough rate for them to get it legally.
Now I understand your thing of help me fight these big guys you can also turn it around to help me defend against these big guys for those that are not big enough or the technology is just not there to prevent. either way as with everything else the little guy loses trust me I know and wish there was a way to change it. but can't invade peoples privacy or censor people to do it as that counter productive and leads down a very dangerous road.
sorry to hear that people have not supported you and as you say taken from the money that puts food on your table.
Just wondering if you think its ok to shut down a site such as rapidshare down because others have taken from you?
I would hope that you would say no because if they take down sites like those well that one in particular it shuts down my means of distribution of software and scripts that I create and they pay my bills. Using this site allows me to save on the bandwidth and storage fees. Granted I can buy server space and pay for extra bandwidth but that cuts into my money.
Sites like rapidshare, megaupload, fileserve and many others are meant for file storage and distribution are not designed to be channels for infringement even though many use them for that and they try to get rid of any they find. But as everyone that listened to the markup they are some of the sites they want to block.
Now I am not saying that piracy is a good thing or a bad thing it is just something that happens and yes I think that something needs to be done to a degree but don't cut off my income because others have stole from you. Go after the ones that uploaded the infringing material and those that downloaded it but leave me, my legal content, and affordable distribution channel alone. I NEED to eat and stay warm same as you do.
So please keep the eye on the ball censorship in never a good idea.
PS your link to your 1,000,000 dollars stolen from you is a 404 page. Might want to find the real page if you want to use it to prove a point.
Now will not dispute that as I had not looked into it that deep for years (probably 10+) and I am willing to admit I might be wrong.
So I thought I should apologize. I should have researched for new info as laws do change.
Its funny but if you really want to think about it I don't know of many people that have not infringed.
U.S. copyright law, ripping a song to your computer, then uploading a song to your portable player or copying it to a CD is considered unauthorized and illegal. Even the RIAA tends to look away from this.
Now with ones you download from Legal music sites need to follow their term and conditions but if you are to burn it a disk a normal CD-R is not acceptable it must be a Audio CD-R.
One can record a mix only using a "digital audio recording device." the Computer does not count You need to use a standalone CD burner.
Hmm I guess when I made that mix for my car from my bought Cd's I infringed since I used whatever CD-r I had laying around at the time. Things like this makes me not want to ever buy music again. I mean I have 13-15 songs on the mix in the car and "The minimum penalty is $750 per song." I am screwed.
I don't know why any of us every to point out anything to AC all he is doing is trolling trying to find an argument. He uses 0 commonsense, can't find any creatable evidence, and basically sounds like MR Watt the other day ummm ummm I don't know ummm but ummm I don't believe so so ummm ummm I'm against it.
But I guess we all have some sort of personal obligation to at least do our best to educate.
what part of Piracy won't quite it was here before the internet and will never go way but your willing to give up your rights that's whats wrong with the bills in so many ways the right to due process you know innocent till PROVEN guilty.
never mind I am sorry as a small business owner I put together small sites that allow user content for my own site and for clients now I am not at my computer 24/7 and can't catch all that goes though but if 1 person where to put up something illegal even though its part of the TOS not to should the government or anyone be allowed to shut down my whole business because I missed something BS I try hard and caught some but will not swear I have got everything. YOU THINK I should be put out of business and my family on the street.
GO AC the Great American
Wow first one thinks tossing in a bunch of links makes it important three said the same damn thing nothing new and quotes that something has to be done proves something should be done and no one disputes that but none of them have any technological backing to to say that this bill is the way to go. Sorry but to put technological bill though with no technological back will never work.
and I love this section
"The OPEN Act, (which would empower the International Trade Commission to adjudicate rogue website complaints), the Google-orchestrated legislative alternative to SOPA/PIPA is not a viable alternative because it is a transparent attempt to return a several year effort back to square one, while also entangling it with thorny and debilitating congressional jurisdictional turf battles and even thornier and glacial trade policy politics."
what is the "attempt to return a several year effort back to square one" in there and SOPA PIPA destroy a 16 year long development DNSSEC which is already being used in financial institutions.
the second link points out that google who opposes this does an above expected job at trying to protect IP What are these sites that he is seeing all the AdSense advertising.
He contradicted himself in there saying at the top
"Frankly, Iím not concerned about Googleís search engine, nor have I ever sent them a DMCA requesting the removal of search results for infringing links to our film"
then halfway down the page
"Over the past year and a half Iíve repeatedly sent DMCA notices to Google reporting pirate sites featuring AdSense advertising (and links to our film).
Well anyways the point of the matter is I don't think very many disagree that SOMETHING should be done but the people that are the back bone of the internet say that doing so will cause serious problems I am sorry slow the heck down and find something that will work because once people start use the IP address system instead of the DNS mark my words you thought computers got hacked and infected before just wait.
Hey wait never mind break it I need some business fixing all these networks and computers
In the movie distinguished gentleman Eddie Murphy implied it best at the end when he made references to all the cons he pulled before were nothing compared to the ones he pulled in congress only difference is the ones in congress were legal.
i would have quoted hi but I don't remember the exact words and I would not want Techdirt taken down for infringement even if I did.
host file already in place to anywhere I normally go just in case. Got all my backups I have uploaded to to files servers backed up local hard drives as well and going to start working on a website(in the next few days) to start a class action suit against who ever decides to block me from my legal files first as I have no infringing content on any one of these servers. I know I can't take them on myself but I think if I find enough that use the sites legally to join me some big law firm will be willing to make a payday. So come on RIAA MPAAA.
in 2010 it went down for a few hours got a lot of attention so half a day will blow it all though the roof with the public. SO do it Or make a banner that takes up at least 900px x 900px with a call to action. all we need is the attention of the public from places like Wikipedia, Google, social networking sites and other big name sites that everyone visits. Get a half dozen to a dozen Big sites fighting back with what they have and know best (the internet) Congress will have no choice as the media will have to be all over it and the lines on the hill will blow up.