Had a server go offline today.
Checked into it, DMCA complaint.
An aggregated news source reported the site. Somehow, the email to remove the offending content got past, and now the whole server is dead. Other sites on it as well...
These RSS feeds are NOTHING BUT trouble.
The site is NOT EVEN MONETIZED yet. It's just news and education, the source is noted, and there's a link to the source. The guy could have emailed me first.
There's so much confusion about scraping RSS sources. I think it's a number of factors that determine whether it was an infringement, but this particular source claimed it was "word-for-word", and I did notice a few RSS providers serving the entirety of the article. I don't know if he was lying or honest, as it's down rn.
Clearly, RSS feeds are everywhere. The server should be restored, but what about next time?
Feeds bring exposure and backlinks to sites. It's not like this was auto-scraped and then I stuck it on my site claiming it was my own content.