When You Need to Know Who is Stealing Your Stuff
[kon-tent] - Something that is to be expressed through some medium, as speech, writing, or any of the various arts.
[pley-juh-riz-uhm, -jee-uh-riz-] - the unauthorized use or close imitation of the language and thoughts of another author and the representation of them as one's own original work.
Note: Similar theft in music or other arts (such as photos) is also called plagiarism.
The adult industry is fraught with theft
Last November, Geisha Affair International pioneered a national effort, attorneys and all, to take down the individual behind a scandal that continues on a mass level. That’s not to say that GA’s efforts failed. Au contraire. Many pirated profiles belonging to Meeshee Photography (affiliate of Geisha Affair International) were successfully taken down, to the benefit of the ladies involved. But as a collective attempt, legal action required that the victimized companions whose profiles, photos and personal content were pirated and exploited, to jump on the bandwagon in a group effort to abolish the fraudulent activity. That didn’t happen. Instead, many ladies turned the other cheek. Content theft certainly did not begin there and will not end there. Thieves have riddled our world since the beginning of time and will do so until the end of days. It's up to you to do something about it.
When someone steals your persona you have 2 choices: get pissed or take action
Or do both. When someone steals something from me my blood boils in less than 3 seconds. But in the case of my literary and photographic works, painstakingly achieved with blood, sweat and tears, it seethes beyond the point of just bitching about it. I am then reminded that stress causes wrinkles so some time ago, the Leo in me decided to bring justice, at least to myself.
DMCA is your virtual combat against protecting what is rightfully yours
Last year a friend of mine told me about DMCA, a God blessed service that is hugely effective in keeping low life thieves away from our valued content. You can see the DMCA logo in the right column and bottom of every page of this website. Read the caption. It means something.
When you speak with facts, people listen
So recently, I experienced my first DMCA take down. I learned that a companion in Central Europe had stolen word for word – as in copy and paste – an article written by one of The Diaries’ Guest Authors. I was fuming but instead of reacting I took action. After receiving a chilling letter backed by DMCA, she removed the stolen content from her website less than 48 hours later, no questions asked. With DMCA I was able to resolve the situation neat and clean, with no headaches. Who has time for nonsense? Suspecting or accusing some of stealing your content without facts or legal grounds to back you up opens pandora’s box for arguments and venom. DMCA protects your original content from theft by protecting the pages of your website. At any given time, you can log into your DMCA account and run a report to see if anyone has stolen your stuff.
Why should a companion watermark his or her work?
Watermarked images may deter a thief or incite a photoshop expert to first remove it and then call it their own. DMCA offers a Watermarker that masks the real image directory path of your original photos. After uploading your photos to a directory and adding your copyright information using DMCA’s watemarker, your photos will be effortlessly protected and tracked should anyone try to steal them.
DMCA is so affordable you can’t afford not to utilize the service. Try, $10 a month for membership?
Other tools for protecting your work
Worldwide Online Creator’s Registery is another fabulous tool to have at your disposal. WOCR comes into play if your copyright or idea is involved in any potential infringement action. WOCR will “represent the earliest moment in history that you had possession of your copyright or intellectual property.”
Copyscape for Companions
Ever wonder who’s been helping themselves to your website content? Track them down by conducting a professional plagiarism search (for free) with Copyscape. If you really want to toughen up you can pay a nominal fee for their premium membership and super armor your website. The search will show you pages that are similar or exact to your content or copies modified from their original form. You can even track multiple cases of plagiarism.
It’s a two-way street
What if you buy content for your website or hire a content writing service and pay for original work? How do you know it’s original? Don’t necessariliy go by what somebody tells you. Content fraud is a big thing these days. With Copyscape, you can verify your new content with Copyscape’s originality checking system.
Don’t think that precisely because you’re in the adult industry that you must keep a low profile about what you do
It doesn’t matter who you are. If you are a part of the adult industry in any way, shape or form, you need to guard yourself against plagiarism and copyright theft. Don’t think that you are exempt. The resources contained in this article protect your original content by law. You can’t afford not to exercise any or all of these options. And if you don’t and your stuff is stolen? Well, you have only yourself to blame. Been there. Done that.
Written by Vertical Kitty