Leading U.S. conspiracy news website InfoWars accused of stealing content
According to multiple DMCA complaints that were sent to Google, InfoWars didn’t seek permission before republishing articles that originally featured on pro-gun news website AmmoLand and Danish-run news website nsnbc international.
Via the Lumen Database, a website that collects takedown requests of online content:
AmmoLand’s August 14, 2015 complaint to Google (source)
nsnbc’s undated complaint to Google (source)
InfoWars is also accused of duplicating an article about bioterrorism originally published on Cincinnati survivalist news website On Point Preparedness.
Via “Why I Hate Infowars & Internet Plagiarism,” On Point Preparedness, May 6, 2015:
It was during October 2014 that I had my first popular article. I contacted Mac Slavo @ SHTFPlan.com and he was excited to repost my article. He was very courteous and asked if he could repost the article text “in full”, or whether I wanted him to only republish 1/3 of the article with a “read more” tag. Excited with the opportunity, I told him that he could republish my article in full text and all was good in the world.
After only a day of being up on his site, bigger fish like Infowars republished the story in full text, but did not ask for my permission. Additionally, they sited [sic] SHTFPlan.com as the source, rather than On Point Preparedness as the original author.