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Site Copies Content and Uses the DMCA to Take Down the Original Articles 241

First time accepted submitter ios and web coder writes "From the article: 'A dizzying story that involves falsified medical research, plagiarism, and legal threats came to light via a DMCA takedown notice today. Retraction Watch, a site that followed (among many other issues) the implosion of a Duke cancer researcher's career, found all of its articles on the topic pulled by WordPress, its host. The reason? A small site based in India apparently copied all of the posts, claimed them as their own, then filed a DMCA takedown notice to get the originals pulled from their source. As of now, the originals are still missing as their actual owners seek to have them restored.' This is extremely worrying. Even though the original story is careful not to make accusations, I will. This sure smells like a 'Reputation Defense' dirty trick."
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Site Copies Content and Uses the DMCA to Take Down the Original Articles

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  • by Zeromous ( 668365 ) on Wednesday February 06, 2013 @01:18PM (#42810139) Homepage

    Sorry, clearly the most important thing is that content producers which actually generate revenue can continue doing so the moment a DMCA request is actioned. Money does not want or have time for your petty notions such as 'proof' or 'oversight'.

    Every moment of delay collecting such lawful claptrap is money out of my (ahem, I mean) content producer's pocket and lost taxes out of your government coffer, Dear congressman/Senator.

  • by interkin3tic ( 1469267 ) on Wednesday February 06, 2013 @01:19PM (#42810149)
    What reputation? This guy is living in more denial than the GOP if he thinks his reputation is positive. This is like throwing a bucket of water after the house has already burned down, the embers have cooled and been cleared away and there's a McDonalds built where it used to be.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday February 06, 2013 @01:23PM (#42810225)

    Yes, it is well known that Indians are different from everyone else in that they are the only country with citizens willing to cheat on their exams. Elsewhere, cheating is so unusual we have to read Indian textbooks to understand what it means.

  • by dywolf ( 2673597 ) on Wednesday February 06, 2013 @01:28PM (#42810297)

    You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

  • by TheAngryMob ( 49125 ) on Wednesday February 06, 2013 @01:38PM (#42810455) Homepage

    It's not's "crowdsourcing."

  • by mbone ( 558574 ) on Wednesday February 06, 2013 @01:59PM (#42810765)

    DMCA Denial of Service, that is.

  • by drainbramage ( 588291 ) on Wednesday February 06, 2013 @02:18PM (#42810967)

    I always wondered how the Indian's got to North America first, now I know they cheated.
    Back in school they told me it was because they had reservations.

  • by camperdave ( 969942 ) on Wednesday February 06, 2013 @02:25PM (#42811075) Journal
    This covered in The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy:

    One of the major selling point of that wholly remarkable travel book, the Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy, apart from its relative cheapness and the fact that it has the words Don't Panic written in large friendly letters on its cover, is its compendious and occasionally accurate glossary. The statistics relating to the geo-social nature of the Universe, for instance, are deftly set out between pages nine hundred and thirty-eight thousand and twenty-four and nine hundred and thirty-eight thousand and twenty-six; and the simplistic style in which they are written is partly explained by the fact that the editors, having to meet a publishing deadline, copied the information off the back of a packet of breakfast cereal, hastily embroidering it with a few footnoted in order to avoid prosecution under the incomprehensibly tortuous Galactic Copyright laws.

    It is interesting to note that a later and wilier editor sent the book backwards in time through a temporal warp, and then successfully sued the breakfast cereal company for infringement of the same laws.

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