Someone Stole my Content!
The fact that you are a Digiprove user positions you well to pursue a content thief. You can produce irrefutable time-stamped proof of the existence of your original content But how do you use this effectively when someone steals your content?
First of all, we are assuming that you are the originator (original author) of the content in question. If not, then Digiproving is of limited value. If you have been a victim, here is a step-by-step guide:
If your content was published via WordPress:
- Go to Revisions page for that post and select the earliest revision that contains the content that has been stolen.
- Click on “Check Digiprove Status” button, and you should see details of the corresponding Digiprove certification (if that revision was Digiproved)
- Click on the button “Show Certification Statement”
- Copy the certification statement shown in the alert box (something like “Digiprove certifies ..“)
- Go to My Digiprove in the Digiprove Member’s web-site
- Browse to the relevant Digiprove transaction for the content in question
- Click on the “More” button
- In the pop-up window, Click on the “Shareable Verify Link”
- In the Certification web-page, click on “View Certificate”
- Copy the certification statement shown on that web-page (something like “Digiprove has issued certificate P489429 certifying this content…“) and the details below.
- Paste the copied statement into a standard “Cease and Desist” email (see template below) and send it via Digiprove Certified Email to the email address(es) of the offending web-site.
- Request Google to remove the search result for the offending site. This can be done at https://support.google.com/legal/troubleshooter/1114905?hl=en Include the Digiprove Certification Statement in your report.
These actions are inexpensive and may prove effective. If not, then you have at least prepared the groundwork for a professional legal practitioner or firm to follow up for you.