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A long time ago I was told that one excellent use of Google Alerts was to check up on what was happening with published projects. When I created my alert, I used the work’s title and my by-line. On the weekend, I received an alert on “Dragon Eye”.
When I got the alert my work was on a reseller’s page, I wasn’t that worried. Alerts have popped up before with only some of the key words. So I’ve seen projects with dragon + Anna in it, but they were never mine.
Not so this time. Dragon Eye is available on Wattpad. It’s free and someone was selling my short for $6 USD. Wow!
I was upset that someone was using me to rip off readers.
Anyway I went to the sight and this one had this lovely DMCA form to fill out.
That was the beginning of my happy ending. They must have had an auto-response set up because my story was down within seconds. And I received an email telling me what they would do on their end:
- They warned me that the work may be down, but it may still come up on a search until the delete rippled through the web.
- The person who uploaded the book has been suspended (if I’m proved correct they will reroute all payments received to me).
- They admitted that they do their best to avoid copyright complaints and have set this system up to prevent more.
- They left me with contact info, including their physical address.
So this post is about being prepared. Create an alert for each work out there, follow-up on them; and when the worst happens, look for a DMCA page or contact DMCA directly.
If you have anything to add about pirates, etc. Feel free to comment below. Love to hear from you.