Catch the Internet Copy Merchants

As the web has grown, so has the opportunity for copying of material – unfortunately sometimes from your website. Infringement of copyright arises when other people without the permission of the owner of the copyright, use the exclusive rights given to the owner.

One of the most frustrating aspects of having an online presence is having some unscrupulous web user copy images or text from your website. Having copies can affect your Google rankings as Google doesn’t know which site is the ‘correct’ site to index. What could be even more frustrating is you not even knowing that parts (or the whole) of your website have been copied in the first place.

One way to check if there are large portions of your site displayed elsewhere is to use Copyscape is a website plagiarism site where you can enter your sites URL and it will search for copies on the internet.

For example, submitting into the search field will bring up, the sister site of which has some of our articles. Copyscape also has a service whereby they will automatically scan the internet daily and alert you of any copies of your site elsewhere.

If you find you site has been copied there are a number of actions that you can take to get the offending site to take your content down without paying substantial legal costs.

These include:

  1. Sending an email to them to ask politely to take your content off their site. If this is successful then excellent, but more often than not this will not happen.

  2. Find out who owns the website by using Contact them via phone number or via their address which is usually listed on the information page.

  3. Go to the Internet Service Provider (ISP) who is hosting the site. Let the ISP know that the offending website has breached copyright and ask them to take the site down.

  4. Alert Google and other search engines that the offending site is breaching copyright and they can remove the website from their search engine results. Having a website banned from Google or Yahoo etc can be detrimental to an online business so do warn them before you do this, and give them one last chance to take the copied portions of your site down.

Unfortunately, copyright laws differ from country to country, both in having copyright legislation in the first place and then in the strict implementation and enforcement of these laws. If you are a victim of copying, following the steps above can minimize the effects of having your website copied.

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