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Plague Of Plagiarism
Posted 26 August 2003 - 01:54 PM
Well, you have guessed the story. I just discovered that someone took my entire web page, reformatted it, modified a few sentances and posted it as his own. It contains the same typos that mine does.
To add insult to injury, he is ranked #1 and I am ranked #2
I have been optimising that site for over a year, and he just popped up to #1.
As soon as I can see straight I intend to study his site to see why he is ranked higher than me, but that isn't my question.
What is your advice?
Posted 26 August 2003 - 02:11 PM
Sometimes people take pages without realizing (or caring) it's wrong Dragonlady ran into this with her boss in the thread "Boss wants to steal". Often you can just tell them to link to your site instead, and that you have copyrighted the material. Print both pages before doing this, you may need it for your second step.
If they don't respond well, then it's not and the gloves are off. You can contact a lawyer and have them send a warning letter on the law firms letterhead. That usually works. Its rare you have to go past that, but you can.
Posted 26 August 2003 - 03:31 PM
Because of the little hint about putting qoutes around text and doing a search, we stopped them in their tracks (well, the letter from the lawyer helped, too )
Posted 26 August 2003 - 04:11 PM
To me, it's really the lowest of the low to do that. Those people should be strung up by their toenails.
Posted 26 August 2003 - 05:30 PM
Google is definitely the site owners best friend when it comes to this kind of thing - even more so if you use some of the advanced search logic. I have managed to pick up on a number of sites which have been "borrowing" from my clients recently - not just in terms of content but even imagery.
Actually just writing that reminds me how frustrated I get with people stealing content (and I still remember the first time somebody did it to a site I had worked on back in about 1997).
I'm with Jill on this one - by the toenails.
Posted 27 August 2003 - 02:54 PM
Be sure you can prove your site has been up before theirs. Go to archive.org and see if it's been added to their directory. Copy everything and take screen shots.
Once you do that, contact the offenders and give them the opportunity to take your stuff down after giving them a timeline. It could be they didn't actually do the stealing, sometimes outside writers are brought in to create content.
But the site is still responsible regardless and they need to comply.
Jill provided the link to a previous article I wrote - but let me add this.... pay the $35 to the Library of Congress and have your site copyrighted. Its sooooo simple and it totally protects you.
Next time you have a problem, all you have to do is send a copy of your copyright certificate to the offenders ISP and BY LAW they have to remove the offending web pages within hours of receiving your notice.
Posted 27 August 2003 - 03:21 PM
My boss thinks I'm some kind of hero for the copyright thing we just registered (I followed all the links you gave--saved me some time!).
The guy she used to have "managing" her site wanted to charge $700.00 to copyright the site, and I just got off the phone w/a rep from www.copyright.gov and she quoted me $30.00 and showed me the correct page to download to apply!
It was so easy! Thanks again for the invaluable information (BTW, I told her it was your idea but she still thanked me, so in going with the "trickle down theory" I'm thanking you).
Have a great one!
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