(Legally without waiting for the authorities to step in; doesn’t cost you a dime; don’t need an attorney or a large publisher. You can take care of this YOURSELF.)
I have a beef with general-ebooks.com. In November 2014, I found my books on their website without my permission. I submitted all the correct DMCA forms and information to get my books removed. It took about a week for them to remove my books. (I have email evidence and screenshots.)
Then on Jan 8th, I discovered my books were again on their site. That’s the SECOND time they INFRINGED on my rights. I contacted the authorities. I’m still waiting for a response.
According to GOOGLE, there have been 8415 DMCA complaints filed against general-ebooks.com.
And what has been done about it? NOTHING.
I decided to stop this infringement myself. I did some research on DMCA and found out the way to stop pirate sites like general-ebooks.com. This is what I did:
- PING website general-ebooks.com
(In windows, go to START, then type in ‘cmd’. That will pull up the command prompt.
Type in ‘ping’ and the website address
You would type in ‘ping general-ebooks.com’ and hit enter
It will give you the IP address of 188.8.131.52
- Find out who is hosting the servers for the website: (the domain provider will tell you they don’t have access to the servers, so they can’t do anything.)
Go to : http://www.whoishostingthis.com/
And type in the address of the website infringing on your rights: www.general-ebooks.com. It will tell you the host name:
WZ Communications is hosting general-ebooks.com
(double check that the IP address match)
- Use the IP address to find out who is hosting the Servers:
Go to this website http://myip.ms/browse/ip_owners/World_IP_Address_Owners_200000.html
and enter the IP address. It will give you the company name: Webzilla, Inc.
- Find the server contact info and submit a DMCA claim:
and search for WZ Communications or Webzilla. They are the same company.
(The website above is a government website. Under DMCA, websites need to register with the government to limit their liabilities when it comes to copyright violations. Websites are listed alphabetically. A quick way to find the specific company is to use the search function of your browser.
Once you find the company, click on it and a PDF file will open. EMAIL the company and let them know which website is infringing on your rights. You will have to provide documentation similar to when you file a GOOGLE DMCA claim. THIS is more effective than submitting a GOOGLE DMCA claim. I would do both, so there is a transparent record with GOOGLE.
I hope you will take the time to 1. Submit a claim to whatever site is infringing on your rights. 2. Share this post with authors you know
I could have charged for this information. I did not, because you should not have to pay to protect what’s YOURS.