In all industries some people and corporations make a living, or try to, by copying the original work of others. In my profession, it’s true with one-off motorcycles, custom parts and now with my Blog. Here the story of a motorcycle website (I will not mention the URL address because I don’t want to artificially boost his poor traffic) who systematically was publishing my daily articles word for word, stealing my pictures (the ones I receive for publication through PR, rework in Photoshop or that I researched, or that I took personally) forgetting, of course, to mention my name and to link back to my Blog. Evidently, his intention were to make his readers think he was the author of my articles, then after building traffic to prospect advertisers for his own benefit. So, the owner of the site in question, like quite a few others who did the same before him, received from me a “cease ad desist” letter asking him to remove immediately, with a deadline of 48 hours, all the copyrighted material from his site.
Guess what? No reply, but instead, the guy in question (who is presenting himself as a defender of the Biker Lifestyle!?!?) decided that he would do some provocation by adding in his site even more articles stolen from my site. So, now I tell you what’s happening in this case. All website hosting companies have a clause stating that if you infringe the copyrights of others, they will take down your website. In this case, I contacted his hosting company (GoDaddy.Com), claimed and proved my copyrights, and ½ hour later his site was down with the message you see here. Of course, he had no choice than removing all copyrighted materials of his site to be accepted back online by GoDaddy.Com. He also knows now that at the second infringement he will be banned forever from Internet because no hosting company will ever accept him. I have no pleasure spending time doing this and I am sometimes angry at supposedly “True Bikers” who don’t know the meaning of “Walking Straight”. I know quite a few other websites who are continuing to walk on the edge of infringement. I just hope that they read this post. I absolutely hate litigation, but to all those who think that my work belongs to them, seeking damages in court will be the next step…Next posts are about custom bikes and parts.