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#1359478 by Stacy from Newton Junction
Wed Nov 30, 2016 9:53 pm
So, I just received an email from someone accusing me of plagiarizing his eBook in my content on my site; which is almost comical since he released his eBook ten months ago and I've had my SBI site since 2008.

I emailed him back kindly informing him that I have back-ups of my eBook (published on Amazon in 2013), my various eCourses (starting in 2011) and could probably have Aweber prove that I have offered a newsletter since 2009.

However, what if I need to prove that I wrote the content on my site long before he published his eBook? Do we have access to HTML back-ups or anything like that? I never took any screenshots of my site. I did, at one time, copy most of my content to Word documents as a back-up, but I'm not sure if that would hold up.

In other words, if it gets that far, how can I legally prove that I wrote my content years ago?

Thanks in advance! :x
#1359484 by A J from Somewhere Hot
Wed Nov 30, 2016 10:36 pm
Go to [Domain Private] and browse the archives, there should be plenty of captures of your website, and hopefully some of them will be detailed enough to show when you published content. IF you find that you predate his ebook, then perhaps there is a case you could make for him plagiarizing YOUR content. :D

Cheers, AJ
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#1359486 by Stacy from Newton Junction
Wed Nov 30, 2016 11:13 pm
Oh my GOSH!!!! Thank you, Fran and AJ!

I had no clue this was out there..... I just had a really good laugh as I saw the very first version of my site back in 2009. Wow.....what a great resource, thank you so much!

And AJ, I briefly wondered that too; he claims that our content is "word for word" and is threatening to take me to court. My info is almost eight years old, his is ten months.....hmmmm.......

Thanks, guys! :D:lol:
#1359489 by A J from Somewhere Hot
Wed Nov 30, 2016 11:46 pm
Stacey, the archive is a good a proof as you could ever get, that can't be altered or changed, is run by an independent 3rd party, and proves beyond doubt when content is first published. If the content is as he says "word for word" then I wouldn't be letting him get away with trying to intimidate you. I would also be getting a copy of his ebook to verify what he has written, before he decides that in fact he is in the wrong and removes it or updates it or makes changes to remove traces of his plagerism, if he in fact has done that.

As we don't know the circumstances and haven't seen the content, it could be possible he has written similar content totally independently, and then taken too aggressive a stance when he discovers your pages, and is assuming that you stole it from him when in fact neither of you did. However, whoever published first has the upper hand, whether his plagiarism was intentional or just pure coincidence. But of course, I'm not a copyright lawyer so take my comments with a grain of salt.

Cheers, AJ
#1359556 by Stacy from Newton Junction
Thu Dec 01, 2016 7:52 pm
Thank you, AJ. I have to say he has me quite shaken up, although I know I am 100% not in the wrong. He is sending extremely aggressive emails threatening to force me to shut down my site, my eCourses (which are my main income) and my eBook.

Thanks to the http://www.archive.org information, he has backed off talking about my website, so again thank you so much; I am convinced that helped me win that argument! Now he is focusing on my eBook, which is simply ridiculous as it states right on my Amazon page (and the copyright page in the eBook) that I published it in August 2013.

That is good advice about getting his eBook before he takes it down. It's nearly $30 and times are tight, so I was not going to bother - but that might be a small investment to protect myself if this goes further.

I just can't believe that anyone would be pursuing this so angrily and aggressively if HE was the one that plagiarized; but he has absolutely nothing to stand on. This is so ridiculous it's almost surreal. I am afraid there is something I am not aware of; perhaps someone stole my eBook and is selling it on some other site....who knows. I keep asking him where he got it, but he won't respond.

This is absolutely unnerving, although I know I have done nothing wrong and will win this if it goes as far as legal action. Good grief :shock:

Thanks again, I really appreciate it!
#1359567 by Frances from Old Town
Thu Dec 01, 2016 9:41 pm
Hi Stacy,

I would take AJ's advice on getting a copy of his ebook.

I think he is a totally scam. I just dealt with someone like this on copyright for an image. Lucky for me this image was purchased from istock so he has to deal with Getty image lawyers. This man was very aggressive knowing full well he did not have the rights to this image. Tried to collect 8,000 from me. I know how you are feeling.

It is really wonderful we have this amazing community to come to for help and guidance.

Try not to stress so much over this but honest people always do. :P

Fran
#1359587 by A J from Somewhere Hot
Fri Dec 02, 2016 2:34 am
My personal opinion is that it's now time to stop being defensive and justifying things to this guy, and give him a taste of his own medicine. It seems to me, he views you as a "soft target" that will be easily intimidated, and perhaps he can get you to remove your content ebook etc so that he doesn't have to compete with you for sales... I assume you both compete in the same market for the same customers... every one you get is one he probably won't.

But that also works the other way, every one HE gets is one you won't... and you have of course kept all emails from him, right? Especially ones where he states that things are copied word for word. And as you can prove that your content and ebooks came first, then any copyright lawyer is going to have the proof they need that he in fact stole from you and not the other way around.

I would be pointing that out to him, and advising that you are considering putting all emails, screenshots and so on into the hands of a lawyer. A website like this one might be a good place to start tho it costs money, about $50-$60 ( I went thru the steps to find out for you). https://secure.justanswer.com/

While I hate the thought of spending money because this guy is being an %$#@! maybe it would pay to have a definitive answer for when you email him, to be able to say "I have contacted a specialist copyright lawyer over this matter, and not only are your claims completely groundless, I have been told I have a good case to pursue you for copyright infringement, and sue for damages" Or whatever it is that you get told by the lawyer.

See if he changes his tune after that.
Cheers, AJ
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