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Unethical Site Duplication
Posted 10 May 2009 - 05:14 AM
I was just cruising round some sites and came across one which has effectively stolen a number of pages from one of my sites and duplicated them exactly on their site. These are business sites and quite frankly I am really angry about this. Couple of questions:-
1. Is there anything I can do about this?
2. Will Google penalise us for spamming?
Posted 10 May 2009 - 08:09 AM
Posted 10 May 2009 - 08:23 AM
I have emailed but no response so far. Will escalate actions if no-one gets back to me.
Posted 10 May 2009 - 09:17 PM
Posted 11 May 2009 - 04:26 PM
Seen a lot of this happen, if you can do a whois and figure out who the host is, I would be tempted to drop them an email ... recently discovered one site was COMPLETELY ripping off several of our sites with literally no changes to the copy and a minor change to the graphics, they were even scraping 'on the fly' new content, of course this meant we could serve them something different to what we served everyone else ... ;D
1. Tell them your aware (I have often had apoligies and friendly messages back to this!)
2. Tell the host of your intended legal action (cease and desist)
3. DMCA (digital millenium copyright act) to Google etc..
that is usually enough ...!
Posted 12 May 2009 - 11:23 PM
I'm having to do that too. Really f*cking annoying having to spend money on a lawyer just because the idiot host won't remove content until an actual lawyer sends it. host should have to cover the lawyer costs!
Posted 13 May 2009 - 06:34 AM
Posted 13 May 2009 - 09:39 AM
Posted 13 May 2009 - 06:42 PM
If you're suggesting that hosting services can be sued for legal costs for following the DMCA conventions, I don't think that is plausible. It would be interesting to see what Ian McAnerin thinks.
Posted 13 May 2009 - 07:46 PM
You do of course have to document real damages, because without those there would be no attorney's fees to begin with. But if you get all of your ducks in a row, yes you can. And the suit by itself will get the stolen content ripped down pronto by the host 99 times out of 100. At least that's been my experience.
Oddly, filing a small claims case is cheaper for me than having my attorney write a stinking C&D letter! Maybe I should start doing the suit instead of lawyer'd C&D, naming the hosting company as a defendant, since that seems to work every time.
Posted 15 May 2009 - 10:25 AM
I got a reply from the web master as follows:-
'Hello, I have removed the pages at the minute while we re-write them.'
No apology, no explanation and...... they are still there! At least I can still see them but they may just be cached somewhere. How can I check if they are actually gone? As you will have realised I am not an expert at all this!
Posted 15 May 2009 - 01:48 PM
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