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    Copyright - Please help


    Sorry this is not really Google theme, but it is very important to me

    I have a website with really nice position on some keywords in Google. This morning I was surfing net and I found a website which is exact copy of my site design, text...all. Someone just copy my site and used it with other domain name.

    What can I do, can this hurt my Google results? Can I solve this problem by law? Should I send Google some note? :
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    Each content is copyright, also yours..

    It easy to get a person's name using the WHOIS info so you
    have an address to write to....and know who is behind this...

    or is it on a free server ??

    just give your url and the other...
    so we can see it....

    regards, hans
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    What I would do is first write this company an email and explain to them that they have infringed on your copyright. Be courteous when doing so. Tell them that you will give them x amount of days to make a change before you take legal action on their company for copyright infringement.

    In most cases, this will do the trick.

    Hope it helps!
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    errr. law suit. ripping off content is called 'screen scraping' , its done all the time.

    they need permission from the content's author to do so.

    it has its pros and cons but permission is required

    what can you do? not much - but one day you might be able to file suit and win!

    see:
    http://logicerror.com/screenScraping
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    Originally posted by "ksoper78"

    What I would do is first write this company an email and explain to them that they have infringed on your copyright. Be courteous when doing so. Tell them that you will give them x amount of days to make a change before you take legal action on their company for copyright infringement.

    In most cases, this will do the trick.

    Hope it helps!
    And make it's registered mail...they SIGN for it when receiving !!
    (and you get a confirmation of reception back...with their sign)
    The stronger you will be later...for sure if you can proof that you business
    did loose money because of their copyright violation !!

    regards, hans
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    Originally posted by "wm_asia"

    Originally Posted by ksoper78
    What I would do is first write this company an email and explain to them that they have infringed on your copyright. Be courteous when doing so. Tell them that you will give them x amount of days to make a change before you take legal action on their company for copyright infringement.

    In most cases, this will do the trick.

    Hope it helps!
    And make it's registered mail...they SIGN for it when receiving !!
    (and you get a confirmation of reception back...with their sign)
    The stronger you will be later...for sure if you can proof that you business
    did loose money because of their copyright violation !!

    regards, hans
    for sure! might scare them off. if not, you have it for later.
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    Make sure you document the date your content was online. Periodic screen shots are one way to keep a record. The argument is "first use". You need to be able to prove that your content was published first.

    Best of luck with these thieves!
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    The first thing you need to do is to register the copy in question with the copyright office.

    You have the copyright as the words flow from your keyboard; However, to defend your copyright in court, you have to have the document from the copyright office. This is a very subtle distinction. You own the copyright, but the courts want documentation before you defend it.

    I admit, what I do now is to publish articles as I write them. When I have a nice little collection of things, I send them off to the copyright office. My idea is that if I have some good solid sections of each web site filed with the copyright office, I would have enough documentation to file in court if the site gets copied.

    If you are looking at a major violation of your copyright, you should make sure you have the propper documentation...then contact the web site violating your copyright.

    As for the Google side of the equation...you are in a tough situation as having a copy of your site might dilute your page rank. You can point to a direct material loss caused by the thief.
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    Re: Copyright - Please help


    Originally posted by "Topas"

    What can I do?
    Find out who is hosting the site and send their agent a DMCA notification. I think you'll find that the site vanishes quite quickly.
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    Also, check out Google's info on the matter ...
    http://www.google.com/dmca.html

    Gringo.
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    DMCA, for sure.

    I also agree that, when sending a notice to a copyright infringer, it is of the utmost importance that you exercise extreme restraint and great tact.

    A courteous, almost-friendly letter is the best way to go. It has the higest chance of working, it's what a good attorney would do, and it's highly defensible in court in the incredibly unlikely event you would ever be in court over this.
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    Re: Copyright - Please help


    Originally posted by "Topas"

    Sorry this is not really Google theme, but it is very important to me

    I have a website with really nice position on some keywords in Google. This morning I was surfing net and I found a website which is exact copy of my site design, text...all. Someone just copy my site and used it with other domain name.

    What can I do, can this hurt my Google results? Can I solve this problem by law? Should I send Google some note? :
    turn them into www.pirated-sites.com

    zen

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