What do I do?

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That is the question on my mind — what do I do?

I have fallen prey again to content theft. And now, right from here my every own blog. And not just one site, I discovered two in one night.

Can you imagine how I feel?

This is a story I spent months working on. And these common thieves just come in here, right click and yank off my work to their sites without the least bit thought or consideration!

I stayed awake a long time and wondered what I should do. And frankly, I don’t know. I just know that I hate this and I am not having it. I think It has come to the time when I have to reconsider these free-reads I keep posting here. Maybe it’s time I stopped writing stories here and just Ebook and sell all my stories.

I can’t continue to be ripped off like this… it is disheartening. I am hurt. angry, infuriated. mad as hell (yeah, those are same words) but I just feel so angry and so helpless… and very hurt and insulted too.

Why do you want to own a literature blog when you can’t write? Why lie that a story is yours and lap up all the praises when you can’t write shit?

I’m tired! I want to scream and rant but I am tired. I am. I’ve had it. I need answers.

At coolval22.com, someone named THANKMIC just started posting my story TAKE ME AS I AM and at an abandoned WordPress blog, another finished posting the last episode of same story on the 5th of this month. And to think he had the impetus to come here and make suggestions to me.

Damn it!

What do I do, people? What the heck do I do?

I want ideas. I want suggestions. How do I protect my work… my stories which you all are reading for free and some of you are stealing. It is stealing — it is CONTENT THEFT. COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT!

So, tell me what to do. And don’t anybody lol me, I am not finding this funny and I never will. Also stuff the sermon on how it’s been done to all writers and how I should just be patient and don’t scrap the stories. Tell me something real. And no praise singing either… I don’t need to hear what a great writer I am, I need to hear how to protect my stories!

Tell me something that doesn’t just come from a self-centered  focus. Tell me what to do? How to protect my stories here. How to stop copy and paste. How to make this literature blog work without having regrets.

Ladies and gentlemen, I am very down right now. I am unhappy about this and I want a solution. And if you are a lawyer here, could you tell me what are my rights and if I can pursue any legal action against these people.

If you are one of the thieves, keep off. Keep far, far away from this post.

Please make suggestions and if you all abandon me in this, whatever decision I make will stand, with no apologies to anyone.

Thank you. Have a great weekend. And may common thieves be far from your properties.

TM

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67 thoughts on “What do I do?

  1. Phew. I really don’t know what you should do to permanently stop these people. And I think even resorting to ebooks won’t stop them. I’m sorry I’m not trying to make you feel worse. #jusSaying.

    But I know what I want to do. I want to stalk those sites and spam them till they block me. Already checked out dt coolval nonsense, I’m going back there after I catch a lil sleep. Pls TM, supply the 2nd URL. #oshe.

    • I could get my ebooks DRM protected, shouldn’t that help? And even if it does not, I’d have gotten paid for it instead of just blatantly robbed. I’m going to do something, Sheedart, just not sure yet what

      • True. If DRM doesn’t, at least you would have been rewarded for your hard work… I really hope you find the right combo of things to stop this permanently (or to the barest minimum)…

        BTW.what’s the second URL pls. The abandoned WordPress.

  2. Terrible act is theft, taking advantage of some else labour. Wish I knew so much about what you could do legally but this I know, hand joined in hand, the wicked shall not go unpunished.

  3. I don’t know what u can do oh is there no way u can trace the owners of the blog and have then arrested, maybe u can set a trial for them and catch them

    • I’ve traced them to their sites, having them arrested and jailed is what I don’t know about. I’m just more concerned with securing my blog and blog contents first

  4. Its annoying…no frustrating that some people resort to stealing someone’s work. These ingrates…that’s what they are…should STOP this nonsense! Having read the stories on this blog they decide that pirating someone else’s work would suffice for their’s…it doesn’t work that way. So I plead with these ones to DESIST from such. I am no lawyer and i’m clueless as regards legal action to take on this matter. Just have this in mind ma’am: there are those of us who appreciate you and your work. What is more; sinners won’t go unpunished. Have a blessed weekend!

    • Many thanks, Joan. It is truly wonderful having someone rant on my behalf, lol. I’ll hunt down a solution. They’ll be punished but meanwhile, I need to safeguard my hard work.

  5. Hehehehe, Spicey, all the things u said not to say to u is what i have in mind to say o, so make i kukuma shut up na abi?

    Buh, u know what i think, i think u should just ebook and sell, so that even if u get robbed it wont be for nothing, cos this aint the first time time u are complaining about this and if they could get to u at ur own blog, then nowhere is safe. Even the blogger at that site JefferyJames recommended, did not give full assurance sef

    • yeah, I’m thinking like you, Jean. And I’d like that prevention method here even if it’s not fully guaranteed. It might dissuade some. Thanks Jean

  6. You don’t need people ranting on your behalf but proffering solutions. I don’t know how helpful this is but you can lock your stories making it impossible for unregistered readers to open. Not unlike what Sally did some time ago with Novocaine knights. This way there will be no ghost readers or thieves.

    • I might not need it, Sola but I’m the sort that appreciate ‘all kinds’ of ‘help’ even seemingly ‘pointless’ emotional ones. Lol
      Thanks, I’ll have to study real hard to understand how to go about that registered thing. Meanwhile, I still wonder if a registered member won’t rob me… *hmm*

      • Could happen, trust no one Spicey, even the sweetest and nicest person could be d real enemy, or how do u think the devil was able to achieve the feat of decieving mother Eve if he appeared like d ordinary snake we know these days?

        • That is it, exactly, Jean. I might just let in Monsieur le diable and think I’m among friends. Still I will consider it and possibly do it too *wink*

  7. I don’t really know what to say, these stealing people are on every blogging site……I do not have a solution but I’ve seen this site where you can’t copy the texts in it, how it was done, i don’t know. About you selling your story as ebook, its a good idea but what if a student stumbled onto this site, how can he read for free meaning you should think about the pros and cons of it.

  8. Sorry dear. I think you need to talk to Sally. I remember when she was writing Fish brain Clan, from episode 7 or there about, you need to request for a password from her before you can access the story.

  9. I dont know much about how to run all this site things. But i know that there are sometime i will try to copy some articles from a pdf files, and i wont be able to do so. So i think there must be a software to make that happen. Getting a lawyer is good too but protecting your hardwork should come first. It is really painfull, i feel your pain. There was a time somthing like this happened on nairaland, i think it was resolved, maybe you can ask the site owner how it was accomplished. Ma, am very sorry for what our nations youth that have talents but refused to put it into good use are doing. Do have a beautiful day

  10. I dont know much about how to run all this site things. But i know that there are times i will try to copy some articles from a pdf files, and i wont be able to do so. So i think there must be a software to make that happen. Getting a lawyer is good too but protecting your hardwork should come first. It is really painfull, i feel your pain. There was a time somthing like this happened on nairaland, i think it was resolved, maybe you can ask the site owner how it was accomplished. Ma, am very sorry for what our nations youth that have talents but refused to put it into good use are doing. Do have a beautiful day

  11. Dis is disheartening… T.M please I tink u need to meet Sally abt it. I go to knw u from her page web she posted ur story “take me as I am” and av been visiting dis place since den.. am sure she’s gonna b of great help.. pls don’t feel discouraged, dats Nigerians fr u. Dey always want to remove someone else’s roof to cover theirs… it is well wit u

  12. Am so sorry to hear abt dis actually I do read stories on coolval ave bin getting d update of take me as I am but it was only #Take me I do see so never tot its urs cos I never bother to read them I would have notify u as @ today I stil got d update. I can’t say I knw how u feel but am sad. All I knw is that u can Sell nd expected to be paid d price of stone may dat thief not have peace all d days of his/her life useless fellow disgrace to mankind

  13. Can you imagine d thief call him/herself *TM David West. what a useless life can’t even Come up with a name by self idiot. Sis TM d original u have d yam nd d knife slice into any shape u like

    • My pen name is TM David-West and I think THANKMIC is trying to play smart by quickly do some edits and adding my name. Makingvit look like he isn’t guilty of any copyright infringement.

      I’ve contacted the admin on this and twice now… we’ll see

  14. Have drop a comment in their comment section to let d readers knw they are reading a stolen story am even more furious dan u gan cos have warned VAL like twice now concerning dis kind of issue

  15. @TM am sorry bcos i am not able to proffer a likely solution but i pray u get one soon because nothing is more frustrating than seeing ur hardwork been stolen by lazy idiots….av a wonderful weekend…

  16. Oh no, some people can be so heartless, wanting to reap where they did not sow but God go punish them. Sorry abt that, i dont know much abt IT but just here to show my solidarity support.

  17. Good day and happy weekend to you!!!!

    This is Thankmic, I believe you’ve seen this name posting a story that truly belongs to you in coolval22.com…. I am so sorry for I didn’t know it belongs to you!!!!

    I got the story from http://www.wordpress.com/stmuvi.
    Worldwide/Stmuvi-Social Network of Stories, readers and Bloggers…..
    Which I personnaly took permission from him {Justcallme Shaxee} before I started posting not until when I saw a comment after posting a Chapter, so I decided to confront him and he said he got the story from Nairaland so I want in search that’s where I got your email and blog address!!!! Please am so sorry about that!
    Although he has deleted his blog page today!!!
    Please I want to beg you to please forgive me and please come finish up the story in coolval22.com yourself because some many people are following up the story and are so much in love with …. I would really love to share your link for the fans there following up the story but even if I do you have also deleted the story from Nairaland and your blog site too {www.wordpress.com/alifediary}…… Please forgive me and do this favour for me in the name of God almighty we serve…..

    Thanks and may God continue to bless the works of your hands as I look forward to hering from you in regard of this issue…..

    From:

    THANKMIC {THANKGOD MICHAEL}

  18. Good day and happy weekend to you TM!!!!

    This is Thankmic, I believe you’ve seen this name posting a story that truly belongs to you in coolval22.com…. I am so sorry for I didn’t know it belongs to you!!!!

    I got the story from http://www.wordpress.com/stmuvi.
    Worldwide/Stmuvi-Social Network of Stories, readers and Bloggers…..
    Which I personnaly took permission from him {Justcallme Shaxee} before I started posting not until when I saw a comment after posting a Chapter, so I decided to confront him and he said he got the story from Nairaland so I want in search that’s where I got your email and blog address!!!! Please am so sorry about that!
    Although he has deleted his blog page today!!!
    Please I want to beg you to please forgive me and please come finish up the story in coolval22.com yourself because some many people are following up the story and are so much in love with …. I would really love to share your link for the fans there following up the story but even if I do you have also deleted the story from Nairaland and your blog site too {www.wordpress.com/alifediary}…… Please forgive me and do this favour for me in the name of God almighty we serve…..

    Thanks and may God continue to bless the works of your hands as I look forward to hering from you in regard of this issue…..

    From:

    THANKMIC {THANKGOD MICHAEL}

    • Let me begin, Thankmic, by telling you that Meshack Shaxee completely denies knowing you and giving you permission to use my work. And Valentine Ike of Coolval22.com states that you ‘copied’ my work from over ten Facebook pages that are presently posting (without my permission) same story. This confuses me on who to believe and I am left with no other choice but to arrive at the conclusion that the lot of you – Shaxee, Valentine and you, Thankmic and possibly a host of others are in cahoots over the theft of my work – TAKE ME AS I AM – and its copyright infringement.

      I know for a fact that Shaxee has of yesterday deleted his erstwhile abandoned wordpress blog, I know this fact because I was in communication with him then. Whether we’ll continue to be is presently doubtful as his and all your proven lack of integrity is quite worrisome.

      Your ‘request’ for me to come over to Coolval22.com to finish the posting of my work so as to satisfy your readers is very much insulting. It is not only insulting but highly presumptuous of you to think that we (you and I) would reach such a suitable (for you) agreement without your having to pay fro your crime.

      Or did you not know that content theft and copyright infringement is a crime?

      I am not interested in satisfying your readers. They are no concern of mine. I also notice that even though I’ve since deleted later chapters of TAKE ME AS I AM from my blog and Shaxee has deleted his blog, you continue to have access to that story. Which might very well confirm Valentine Ike’s claim that you are copying the story from some Facebook pages.

      Thankmic, I am thoroughly disgusted with the lack of originality, truth and integrity in the lot of you. And it is always shameful how ‘cowardly’ we use God’s name in a bid to emotionally blackmail a victim and get us out of a well deserved punishment.

      God will bless my work, Thankmic, because I don’t rob people of theirs. Now, He will in turn punish all those who continue, even in His name, to rob others of the benefit and glory of their hardwork.

      You seek for forgiveness, I pray I find the grace to give it. But as of now, I want nothing to do with you and with the rest of your ‘clique’. I’ve said same to Shaxee and to Vslentine — matter of fact, we’ve all said same to each other. A stand I am very well satisfied with. But while the thief sleeps on his bed thinking he has gotten away with his crime, Judgement day will come knocking.

      Have a ‘crime-free’ life, sir.

      • @TM!!!!! Am so sorry if I have insulted you by say that. Once more Am so sorry Ma’am…

        And if Shaaxe says he didn’t permit me then why will he ask me to make him an Admin member to my page so he can the post links to his blog site….. If it means giving you my password to my FB Account I can do that for you to see for youself our chat, well that’s by gone….. All I want to ask from you is that you please forgive me for I’ve wrong you….. Sorry Ma’am……
        Guys please I also pleased with you that join me ask for her forgiveness, am truly sorry…..

        • This is what is called in Naija colloquial language, ‘medecine after death’. I don’t need to explain the meaning as we are both Nigerians, right?

          But let me clarify something, I DON’T TRUST THE THREE OF YOU – Shaxee, Valentine & you.
          You’re all unscrupulous young men feeding a hungry and completely nonchalant crowd of young, unwilling to think minds.

          That’s why you get away with your crimes, no one is willing to think or dares question how that site has stories they’ve read elsewhere .

          I’m letting this be FOR NOW

  19. Please ma’am!!!!! If there’s any means I can reach you either your BB Pin or Whatsapp please do let me know for I only have your email address….. Thanks and God bless you….. I don’t steal stories but always take permission, I write but I prefer counselling for aam a Heart2Heart Counsellor owner of Daily Heart2Heart Guide For Single & Married on Facebook!!!!

    https://m.facebook.com/thankmicheart2heartpage

  20. Sorry TM. It’s really upsetting when people take credit for your work. Maybe you can password certain episodes? That way no one can get the complete story??

  21. some people have guts sha! (imagine d guys request) my sis take heart n be strong. pay day will come for everybody whether u like it or not. but as Christians our conscience should prick us wen we are doing bad tins. as stated by others find a way to make ur buy books. on a lighter note i appreciate d way u replied him if you are living in abuja i would have love to see you. wish u d best

  22. Hehehehe, this Thankmic guy, u are funny o, but methinks u are not sincere else why do u have d same initials like our dear writer here (TM), If not to perpetuate crime, bone that thing Thankmic, u are a badt nigga, well as Spicy said, ‘do have a crime-free life’

  23. Just negodu the animal boldness and impetus! Lol (abeg make I laugh jor. Can’t lose my humour over these jagbajantis fellows).

    Abuja? Thanks for mentioning it. Hope you wouldn’t mind answering me questions about the city when I have to write about Abuja and when editing UNBREAK MY HEART.

    Thanks, Kemi.

    • he is very funny o. am not a writter/blogger so what is my own. its you i would like to see and chat with cos of ur stories. want to know how d inspiration used to come or is it gift i should call it? U n glowingscene are the people i visit their blog daily. thank God for your life dear sister. Anytime u need to ask question about fct i will be there to answer u. blessed month to your household.

      • Kemi, I think the best answer to this question would be, ‘when all things are in place.’ I’ve given too many dates in the past and haven’t met any, so I’ll just ask readers to be patient.

        FBFW will come out and so will other Ebooks. That much I can guarantee.

        Meanwhile, glad to know I can ask you questions anytime. And if you want to reach me, you can send me a mail to thmkwest1@gmail.com & I’ll give you my number or Messaging App pins.

        Have a success filled month.

  24. Dear I so much love this two freeze of yours or should I say insult

    “*You’re all unscrupulous
    young men feeding a
    hungry and completely
    nonchalant crowd of
    young, unwilling to think
    minds.

    *Just negodu the Animal boldness and impetus!!!!”.

    Well I know very much how angry you are but raining insults lyk this on your site don’t speak better of you as I’ve had of… Sure I deserve the insult but like I said if I knew it was your story I’ll contact you and seek your permission which you either give me a Yes or No answer…. Note I didn’t get here on your blog site…. I only came in here when I learnt it was your work to ask for your forgiveness which I will not stop saying “Am sorry” and will never regret coming to your blog to say it publicly…..

    {I AM SO SORRY}

    N.B….. @Jeanfortune…. My full name is “THANKGOD MICHAEL” I didn’t use THANKMIC to perpetuate anybody its simply name stage name!!!!…..

    @Kemi…. Am also base in Abj and seriously want to have a chat with you!!!!

    Thanks!!!!!!!

    • Thankmic, the word will be ‘phrases’… dang! Now Stop coming here to make comments on my posts. This issue is over. I will deal with all of you on later dates via unexpected means… believe me!
      I do not trust your presence on my blog. I consider that my works are not safe with you constantly popping up in here and acting like we are bonding… because we never will.
      So you don’t confuse things, KEEP OFF MY PROPERTIES HERE!!! You have no permission to use any and if you (as you have done previously) steal my content, I will find out (no matter how late) and I will deal with you… make no mistake about that!
      Now stop making a move on my readers. Kemi keep away from him!

      Never think for a moment that I am apologetic on how I act anywhere, let alone on my blog. I owe you and basically no one explanations on how I handle matters here. You consider yourself insulted by my words yet, you insulted yourself by not giving yourself the opportunity of acting with integrity.

      Stop apologizing because I know a lie when I hear it. Save the apology and keep off my blog.

      Future comments will be trashed, so save yourself the effort of composing one.

      You may also want to desist from following me on Twitter… cheap attention never pleased nor does unwarranted follower-ship.

      Goodbye, sir.

  25. I hope this is not coming too late, as I av been MIA for sometime.
    The best u can do is is the EBook stuff and dy hardly put dir books for free unless it has lasted centuries so to speak in dir custody.
    The gain for u is dt u av already been paid do for ur stories.
    I am asking and poking around and if der is a beta option I will relate to u.

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