I just checked the SERPs and saw that someone is ranking RIGHT under me for most of my keywords. Since I'm all for competition my initial thought is "Cool - someone new in my niche. Let's go check them out!".
Well - they stole all the content off my site. They registered their site to a Google Plus account (so now they have Google Authorship) and have DCMA badges all over it :-(
With hardly any back links at all these guys are now ranking right by my site.
What are my options here? I sent this chick (she has the domain openly registered to her name with a gmail address there) a note and she wrote back pointing out her content is copyscape protected and will file a DMCA violation against me if I "harass" her again.
I'm not sure what recourse I have here. My content was all authored under a pen name and by default my domain had privacy on it. I never associated it with a Google+ account or thought to do anything with CopyScape etc..
I naively thought that Google loved unique, fresh original content and not obviously scraped crap.
There is a $200 DMCA takedown notice I can issue but I don't know if those work well or not. Especially since this jerk has DMCA badges all over her site and since I use a pen name on the site.
Pretty sassy chick. Her info looks like she's living in Germany, a country of people I have had no qualms with until today.