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Another contact option would be to join their Forum and send them a private message about your concerns. Your initial contact with them should be businesslike and presented in a respectful way. Very important since you don't want to inflame any passions; remember, this is business.
All above should be taken into account before you decide level of response. A lawsuit should be your absolute last consideration. The obvious damage should be great and all other avenues exhausted before you take such action.
Please consider these better options:
(a) If it's not a big deal, ignore it. Why waste your time?
(b) A strong and resolute email will do wonders. Contact their hosting provider and have them enforce your DMCA rights. It's best to deal with stonewalling Webmasters through a third party. Thanks to Armando B. Silva of http://profits.cc and Philip Liu of www.web-marketing-blog.com for that one.
(c) Publish all your articles in an eBook format and give reprint rights with free registration. Sell branding rights to Webmasters and let them place their affiliate links. Viral marketing at its best and folks pay you to become your affiliate. I love it! It's win/win/win/win ... Steve Yakim of www.ezasmagic.com gave me that creative tip.Thank you, Steve! Great tip!
(e) Call your article "Sticky Shareware" and let folks know they can give it away for free but only with included resource box. It's a way of demonstrating how strongly you feel about your article usage; meaning: don't you dare remove my resource box! Thanks to Claire Koch of www.lazyliving.com for that tip.
(f) My personal favorite: Ridicule! Have writers come together and create a website dedicated to showing those individuals as they really are: Unethical drones utterly lacking any creative ability. Create and present awards to most blatant offenders. In a few words: Laugh them out of town! The options to deal with unauthorized content use are many. I hope this helps you find your favorite way of dealing with that dreadful problem.
by Francisco Aloy
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