Site copied, anyone have a scary cease and desist letter

by thedog
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Hi guys, just found out someone has pretty much copied one of my sites, copied content exactly, and around 90% of the layout.

Does anyone have a good cease and desist letter template I can send him... yes, it's a him, didn't even bother with private registration.

Is there a way to flag this site to Google and other search engines too?

Cheers
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve Fleming
    If he's left his information open then contact his hosting company and they'll shut him down really quick. Also you'll find an online DMCA generator if you do a search.

    You can send the DMCA notice to the hosting company and if they're even vaguely reputable they'll act swiftly.

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  • Profile picture of the author redarrows
    That sad mate, but i fort as Google changed double website would get bad anyway.

    Google dont like double of something in it search engine anymore well that always preached.

    contact the person threaten them with court action also report them to Google and above.

    wtf , good luck mate.

    regards john.

    ps. has the website design been stolen or the whole complete lot / completely cloned includeding all wording ...

    if it only the design and that design not patent or watermarked there much not done, but if it blayton and everything was copied even the wording then there a real case.

    the first thing i was every tort before ever release any website always watermark everything as possible as proof it mine. watermark = www.name.what_ever on all logos and headers and copy written notice.
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    • Profile picture of the author thedog
      It looks about 90% the same.

      The sad thing is, I found it doing a search on google... wtf are google up to, ranking a site that is clearly theft... it was registered a few weeks ago.

      I'm sending a cease and desist letter to his hosting company, he's a bunch of other sites, which I'm sure were also copied... lets hope they remove his sites.

      I'm also going to follow up my email with a call to the hosting company.

      Cheers


      Originally Posted by redarrows View Post

      That sad mate, but i fort as Google changed double website would get bad anyway.

      Google dont like double of something in it search engine anymore well that always preached.

      contact the person threaten them with court action also report them to Google and above.

      wtf , good luck mate.

      regards john.

      ps. has the website design been stolen or the whole complete lot / completely cloned includeding all wording ...

      if it only the design and that design not patent or watermarked there much not done, but if it blayton and everything was copied even the wording then there a real case.
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  • Profile picture of the author Youronlinestuff
    is it actually illegal to copy someones website?
    what is the law? can you copyright web design or is it to do with passing yourself off as someone else?
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    • Profile picture of the author thedog
      Originally Posted by Youronlinestuff View Post

      is it actually illegal to copy someones website?
      what is the law? can you copyright web design or is it to do with passing yourself off as someone else?
      aparently so, found a good cease and desist template online, taken from it,

      under 17 USC §101, et seq. and could be liable for statutory damages as high as $100,000
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  • Profile picture of the author revforcemayan
    is it design or content or both?
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  • Profile picture of the author Merylo
    Go to ACTIVEDMCA and tell them your problem, let them know who is the perpetrator and make sure you get the contact of their hosting company. Design and content are both protected with copyright. You can also tell them personally and then ask them to stop using your content. Taking a high road is also an option.
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  • Profile picture of the author redarrows
    This is bad but will piss any website owner off, register a domain near to his and create a detailed info what he done.

    that differently get rid of his website.

    ill post a comment scum

    Remember do this after all legal action lol (you dont want anybody thinking your a nasty person)
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  • Profile picture of the author WeavingThoughts
    Legally you can only contact the host or call a lawyer if you have the budget.
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    What you send is a DMCA. Sample here
    http://domainingdiva.com/legal-issue...ipoff-artists/

    Most hosts won't accept anything but a properly formatted DMCA
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  • Profile picture of the author John Romaine
    I would report it to Google as well, before you run the risk of duplicate content (Panda issues)

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    • Profile picture of the author thedog
      You would think that they could figure out a site that steals content, especially when mine is years old... cheers for the link, I'll report there too.

      Originally Posted by John Romaine View Post

      I would report it to Google as well, before you run the risk of duplicate content (Panda issues)

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      • Profile picture of the author LilBlackDress
        Find the host company and follow their procedure to remove the site which will likely involve filing a DMCA.
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      • Profile picture of the author Gonzosan
        Good luck man, I think we can all agree that is pretty pathetic to do. I remember a while back some company was making an online game and making pretty good money with it. A company in China copied it completely, graphics and everything and just added some slight changes to the menu layout. They were pretty pissed off because they were losing money because of this. Really hate how some people can do this kind of stuff with no remorse. I really hope things work out for you.
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      • Profile picture of the author John Romaine
        Originally Posted by thedog View Post

        You would think that they could figure out a site that steals content, especially when mine is years old... cheers for the link, I'll report there too.
        Well yes, you'd think so.

        Are you running Google Authorship?

        I just thought I'd ask, although in my experience that still doesn't help
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        • Profile picture of the author thedog
          Originally Posted by John Romaine View Post

          Well yes, you'd think so.

          Are you running Google Authorship?

          I just thought I'd ask, although in my experience that still doesn't help
          Google Authorship eh, I must Google it
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          • Profile picture of the author thedog
            Well, bluehost, who are hosting the stolen content, got back to me and said I need to fill out a "DMCA takedown form.", to google it.

            I googled it and got this, https://www.dmca.com/signup/

            Surely I shouldn't have to pay to have this taken down?
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            • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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              Originally Posted by thedog View Post

              Well, bluehost, who are hosting the stolen content, got back to me and said I need to fill out a "DMCA takedown form.", to google it.

              I googled it and got this, https://www.dmca.com/signup/

              Surely I shouldn't have to pay to have this taken down?
              No. You just type up a DMCA and submit it. Google sample DMCA if you don't want to use the one I linked to previously.
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              • Profile picture of the author thedog
                Originally Posted by sbucciarel View Post

                No. You just type up a DMCA and submit it. Google sample DMCA if you don't want to use the one I linked to previously.
                I found a DMCA template online, and sent it off to them, see bold below.

                They asked for, "takedown notice that conforms to the requirements of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act"

                Where do I find this? I've googled and there's lots of different options, I'd appreciate a template that they'd be happy with, cheers.



                Dear Sir or Madam,

                One of your clients is using content I own the copyright of. The address for my website is http://www.mysite.com/.

                My content appears on a site operated by you at http://www.copiedsite.org/. I have reserved all rights to this work, which was first published on www.mysite.com/ in March 4th, 2011.

                The copying and or use of my work, which appear at the link above, is unauthorized. I was neither asked nor gave permission to use the piece nor to make or distribute copies of them in the manner your client has.

                Furthermore, they have taken credit for my work and caused confusion as to whom the original author of the work is. Therefore, I believe they have willfully infringed my rights under 17 USC §101, et seq. and could be liable for statutory damages as high as $100,000. Further, such copyright infringement is a direct violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and International Copyright Law.

                I demand that you immediately cease the use and distribution of the work and all copies of it, that you remove any further works they may have stolen and that they desist from this or any other infringement of my rights in the future.

                I would appreciate your swift cooperation.

                Sincerely,
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      • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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        Originally Posted by thedog View Post

        You would think that they could figure out a site that steals content, especially when mine is years old... cheers for the link, I'll report there too.
        They couldn't possibly know. Not all syndicated content is stolen content. The Net is full of duplicate content that is syndicated legitimately.
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