Criminals at Scribd

by Kevin Burns
(Machida, Japan)

Criminals at Scribd


If you steal something at a store, you are a criminal. The same applies to online content, though it may not seem so. There are people at Scribd stealing content, and they are criminals.

You would think that Scribd would care about this and would check to make sure that what they publish there was not published before, like my article listed below that was first published online in 2010. A simple google search to check on this would have revealed that fact. However, they neglect to check on the sources of their content. Here it is:

Japan and her Standardized Test Based Education System at Japan Today in 2010


https://www.japantoday.com/category/opinions/view/japan-and-its-standardized-test-based-education-system


If you want to be a respected website, you need original content. Scribd clearly does not care about this and willingly allows stolen content to be published at their website.

Scribd is a website that claims to be like an online library. However, it is full of stolen content.

Unfortunately, much of that stolen content comes from educational websites like ours.

One example is an article by me: "Japan and her Standardised Test Based Education System,



That was an article originally written by me and published in 2010 at Japan Today.

I subsequently published it at How to Teach English in Japan.com - my own website and the site you are now reading.

Unfortunately Scribd does not check on the copyrights of its content and allows its members to claim authorship of any number of articles.

Here is the article that was stolen and published at Scribd:

Japan and her Standardized Test Based Education System

Stolen and published at Scribd in January of 2017:

https://www.scribd.com/document/63493564/Japan-and-Its-Standardized-Test-Based-Education-System

Jason Bentley(Support Desk)
Jan 20, 3:06 PM PST

Thank you for contacting Scribd.

Scribd is a digital self-publishing and subscription reading service provider based in the United States of America. Content on Scribd is uploaded by Scribd's account holders without editorial approval or assistance from Scribd’s employees. Scribd takes the rights of intellectual property owners very seriously and complies as a service provider with 17 U.S.C. 512(c) and all other applicable provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) of 1998. We expeditiously remove infringing material upon receipt of a valid notification and we also terminate repeat infringers pursuant to our repeat infringer policy.

Your notification cannot be processed without additional information required by the DMCA.

Since Scribd is based in the United States, a completed DMCA notification is the minimum that Scribd can accept as proof-of-copyright, regardless of whether your country recognizes the DMCA or operates under different laws. Scribd cannot process infringement claims that disregard DMCA criteria or provide incomplete information. Scribd cannot accept elements of the uploaded content (such as a title or copyright notice) as proof-of-copyright without an accompanying DMCA notification.

The fastest way to file a claim is to use Scribd's copyright/abuse reporting form. This form captures all the necessary information and immediately sends a legally-compliant DMCA notification to our Legal Operations team. Valid notifications are typically processed within two business days.

While we encourage you to use the form, you may also copy this template and paste it in response to this email. Please substitute all items in brackets with the appropriate information.

Information about copyright, the DMCA, and Scribd's policies are available at the Scribd Copyright Resource Center at http://scribd.com/copyright.
Best regards,
Jason Bentley
Legal Operations Manager
Scribd, Inc.

Questions? http://scribd.com/faq



When I asked Scribd for comment, they said there was nothing they could do without a DMCA submitted.

I submitted the DMCA but Scribd has not acted on this culprit and has kept the stolen content on their website.

Avoid supporting websites that fill out their content with stolen articles. Writers work hard to write their content, and websites like Scribd should not be supported.

Avoid them! If you feel strongly enough, pressure them by shooting them an anti-plagiarism email.

The irony too, is that by not policing their own writers, Scribd is hurting their google rankings. Google automatically down ranks any website that has stolen content. As well, the Google algorithm is sophisticated enough to detect which of the content is original (got published first) on the internet.

So by doing nothing to check up on what is published at Scribd, Scribd shoots itself in the foot.

I sent this DCMA letter to Scribd:

Dear Scribd:
It has come to my attention that you have made an unauthorized use of my copyrighted work entitled Japan and her Standardised Test Based Education System (the "Work") in the preparation of a work derived therefrom. I have reserved all rights in the Work, first published in date, and have registered copyright therein. Your work entitled Japan and her Standardised Test Based Education System is essentially identical to the Work and clearly used the Work as its basis. Basically the whole article has been copied by a writer of yours who is claiming authorship.
As you neither asked for nor received permission to use the Work as the basis for Japan and her Standardised Test Based Education System nor to make or distribute copies, including electronic copies, of same, I believe you have willfully infringed my rights under 17 U.S.C. Section 101 et seq. and could be liable for statutory damages as high as $150,000 as set forth in Section 504(c)(2) therein.
I demand that you immediately cease the use and distribution of all infringing works derived from the Work, and all copies, including electronic copies, of same, that you deliver to me, if applicable, all unused, undistributed copies of same, or destroy such copies immediately and that you desist from this or any other infringement of my rights in the future. If I have not received an affirmative response from you by date give them about 2 weeks indicating that you have fully complied with these requirements, I shall take further action against you.
Very truly yours,

Kevin Burns

Jason Bentley at Scribd Replied:

In spite of my letter to Scribd they have so far refused to remove the stolen article.

I got this reply from Jason Bentley at Scribd telling me basically that they cannot do anything in spite of the fact I did send a DCMA
letter.

Jason (Support Desk)
Jan 20, 3:06 PM PST (2017)

Thank you for contacting Scribd.

Scribd is a digital self-publishing and subscription reading service provider based in the United States of America. Content on Scribd is uploaded by Scribd's account holders without editorial approval or assistance from Scribd’s employees. Scribd takes the rights of intellectual property owners very seriously and complies as a service provider with 17 U.S.C. 512(c) and all other applicable provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) of 1998. We expeditiously remove infringing material upon receipt of a valid notification and we also terminate repeat infringers pursuant to our repeat infringer policy.

Your notification cannot be processed without additional information required by the DMCA.

Since Scribd is based in the United States, a completed DMCA notification is the minimum that Scribd can accept as proof-of-copyright, regardless of whether your country recognizes the DMCA or operates under different laws. Scribd cannot process infringement claims that disregard DMCA criteria or provide incomplete information. Scribd cannot accept elements of the uploaded content (such as a title or copyright notice) as proof-of-copyright without an accompanying DMCA notification.

The fastest way to file a claim is to use Scribd's copyright/abuse reporting form. This form captures all the necessary information and immediately sends a legally-compliant DMCA notification to our Legal Operations team. Valid notifications are typically processed within two business days.

While we encourage you to use the form, you may also copy this template and paste it in response to this email. Please substitute all items in brackets with the appropriate information.

Information about copyright, the DMCA, and Scribd's policies are available at the Scribd Copyright Resource Center at http://scribd.com/copyright.
Best regards,
Jason Bentley
Legal Operations Manager
Scribd, Inc.

Questions? http://scribd.com/faq

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Thank you for this! I too have had my article stolen by a content provider at Scribd! I hope they delete your article. It isn`t fair when they do that!

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