June 1, 2011
I'm an avid reader of your newsletter, even though some of it is more technical than I keep up with. Thank you for demanding integrity of everyone in the online community. You're making a difference for sure.
I never go searching the web for competitors because we have enough connections with others who do that without our asking, and we focus on improving our marketing. But one of our connections came across a horrible website that copied our homepage and used it for their "About Us" page.
Our site is copyrighted and I have a few choices:
1. Send them a letter asking them to remove this page and to write their own website.
2. Paying an attorney $300+ to write them a serious "cease and desist" letter.
3. Report them to Google for falsely loading keywords into their homepage.
What would you do in this case?
You can certainly do all of those things, but the easiest and perhaps fastest route would be to file a DMCA complaint to have the content removed from Google.
Glad you enjoy the newsletter, and thank you for letting me know. Good luck getting your stolen content removed. Please let me know if the DMCA complaint works!