Recently someone commented on an answer I wrote to Difference between 3-Tier architecture and MVC (Model, View Controller) in ASP.Net that they believe a blog post on blog.devgenius.io (a site operated by Medium.com) was essentially copied and pasted from my answer.

Since my answer was written in 2015, it is covered by the CC BY-SA 3.0 license.

The opening paragraph of the blog post was adapted to make sense as a standalone post, but the rest of the blog post appears to be a copy-and-paste of my answer. The exception being the author used "hazy" instead of "fuzzy" in one of the subheads. Furthermore, no attribution is given at all.

I sent an e-mail to Medium.com, and they were very responsive, but replied back that I needed to issue an official DMCA takedown notice — which is fair. My e-mail was informative, but not an official takedown notice. Medium has an online form to submit a takedown notice, but I'm not sure if I'm authorized to do that.

Am I (the author of the answer) authorized to submit the DMCA takedown notice, and if not, who is?

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    We can't give you legal advice here. However, when you post content on any Stack Exchange site, you are only granting Stack Exchange a perpetual and irrevocable license to use your content, with the license dependent on when you posted or edited the content. Since you're only granting a license, you retain control on the use of your work in other ways. Stack Exchange offers some guidance on what you can do if you find scraped content on another site. If you have further questions about your legal options, you may want to consult an expert.
    – Thomas Owens Mod
    Commented Apr 27, 2023 at 22:43


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