by Lukas
4 replies
After seeing some traffic fall this week on one of my top sites, I decided to check for duplicate content across the web and found 3 sites with it. One guy just copied the whole page (including broken image files. WTH!!) and put it on his subdomain. When I called him, he said, "Oh that site is sold and the new design and content should be up any day." Great. I sent him DMCA notice and reported to Google.
Another one - had it on his blog - same thing just copied it.
the 3rd one - Associated Content which yahoo bought, an author claims to have up since 2006. Well our site had it up since 2002 but it's obvious she took it and changed about 5 to 10% of 4 paragraphs around. tell-tale signs were word count and specific industry kws coming after one another. We'll see what happens. I just was unaware that someone from Associated Content would do that since they are paid. I know, I am more awake now as anything on the web seems to be fair game. I do like the streamlined way to send out a notice though.

Can anyone recommend an affordable internet copyright lawyer. Now I know what DUI & felony conviction lawyers cost b/c of some run-ins I had back in.... gotcha!! LOL...seriously. I just want it drafted on letterhead and sent or should one just use any lawyer friend of a relative and guide that lawyer along.?

I sent a DMCA complaint to yahoo
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to take down blatantly stolen content from our site.
#dmca #yahoo
  • Profile picture of the author cringwall
    I find it's just easier to handle DMCA notices myself with Google Alerts and some pre-defined DMCA templates. I mainly do it for my software, but the same applies to content.

    If it's a big article site, I can't imagine that they would not honor a takedown notice. If it's a smaller site, I focus on their web hosting company - that usually gets results.

    I think the problem with content - where is the line between what is simply derivative (which nearly all 'article marketing' content is) and what is blatant copying. I think it can depend on what you are writing about. If you are writing content about serious art, politics or science it's easier to prove infringement than if you are just one of eight zillion others writing about reverse phone searches.
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  • Profile picture of the author Victoria Gates
    Good luck. Ive had a lot stolen and found unless its super unique or you pay for legal action taken nobody really cares.
    Victoria Gates - Digital Marketing Specialist

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  • Profile picture of the author JamesGw
    I don't think Yahoo will have a problem taking down your content. For the small website owners, you might be better off going to the host like cringwall said.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lukas
    no it is unique and not a derivative. It is verbatim. They used the keyword , then parenthesis with the acronym of the keyword) , not once, not twice, not 3 times, not 4 times, (LOL had to get my Lebron James championship speech in..) then it walks and smells like a copycat.

    Well, good tip on the host though that happened a few years ago and the guy was hosting on his own server in the Ukraine.

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