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Posts Automatically Resaved As Draft May Involve DMCA Complaints

Occasionally we see the report, in Blogger Help Forum: Something Is Broken
My posts keep getting saved as Draft, after I publish!
If this is not caused by owner action, it's someimes the result of a DMCA Complaint, placed against the blog, citing specific posts as containing scraped content.

Blogs which consist largely of content extracted from various blogs and websites are vulnerable to DMCA Violations complaints. This is an alternate result of "scraped / syndicated" content, in abuse related deletions.
  • Content scraped (stolen), or syndicated (copied, with permission), from other blogs / websites. Content scraped or syndicated to other blogs / websites.

Part of Blogger abuse handling includes processing DMCA Violation complaints.

If a complaint is received from ChillingEffects, the DMCA Violations clearinghouse which Google uses, the posts mentioned in the complaint will be taken offline and saved as Draft.

The owner(s) of any offending blog(s) should be sent email notifying of the complaint, and should also observe a dashboard notice. Thanks to anonymity, and multiple account ownership, some blog owners will see neither advice.

The first symptom of DMCA complaint, as observed by a blog administrator, frequently involves posts having been mysteriously saved as Draft. To identify any DMCA Violations, the ChillingEffects database is searched. Finding a database entry mentioning the blog, the owner must then appeal the complaint.

The owner of any post saved as Draft can always publish the post again, with no long term effects. If the complaint is valid, however, it's likely that any posts simply republished will generate a second DMCA complaint from the offended website owners.

When you include any substantial amount of quoted content from other blogs and websites, it's generally a good idea to request permission from the source websites - and to respectfully comply with their requirements, when composing your posts.

Owners of blogs repeatedly cited for DMCA Violations, and not successfully appealed, will eventually find their Blogger accounts locked or deleted.

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