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Copyright E-mail from a competitor, what should I do.

Discussion in 'Business & Tax Advice' started by geniusenterprise, Oct 12, 2013.

  1. geniusenterprise

    geniusenterprise Registered Member

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    Recently I got an e-mail from a company to remove content from my website because I have copied their content.

    Let me break it down, I did not copy their content, only certain sentences I did copy slightly but edited them. Furthermore their whole website is more or less copied from other websites. The reason they are pissed because the latest google update crushed their site and our site more or less replaced their rankings.

    What should I do? In all honesty I am not worried but I do not want anything to haunt me later on.
     
  2. TehEpidemick

    TehEpidemick BANNED BANNED

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    If you did NOT copy the site, then id probably respond asking for proof.
     
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    sn0rt Elite Member

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    You're saying that your content is not copied.

    If that's the case, then what could possibly haunt you later?
     
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    LaLore Regular Member

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    Yeah... there's many ways to say the same thing. If it's not an exact copy, not sure I'd worry a whole bunch about.
     
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    I would play it safe and give your site a look-through and change the wording of anything that stands out, particularly that which they are citing.

    Remember, though, that there are rules to the DMCA. First off, the DMCA only covers your unintentional posting of copyrighted material by users of your website. In your case, it doesn't sound like this applies. However, most people don't know the ins and outs of the DMCA so you can probably get away with asking for definitive proof that the work is indeed theirs and not copied from somewhere else. They won't respond if you're right, and then you probably have nothing to worry about.

    But again, I would just be safe and change the wording (without messing with keywords, of course!).
     
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  6. geniusenterprise

    geniusenterprise Registered Member

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    Everyone thanks for the replies, one thing that does bother me is that why an earth would he send a copyright e-mail when clearly he/she has blatantly copied off other websites. On the other hand I am going to e-mail the company and ask for proof and reword certain content of my services just to avoid any potential sticky situations. And again, thanks guys!
     
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    No problem! Let us know what happens

    And good luck :)
     
  8. MadStacks

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    Do not worry at all with email threats. When you get a letter in your mail box is when you respond. Until then expect some
    negative seo to be heading your way and get ready to combat it.
     
  9. royserpa

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    Just reply to the email this one liner:

    "Just deal with it ;)"

    That should be enough
     
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    After a copyscape pass, make sure you put your content in a sealed envelope and never open it. Ship it to yourself and keep as a cheap way of copyright. This way, if you would have done that you could of fired right back. None-the-less I think you should be fine. Just make sure you go through it and make sure it passes copyscape.

    Good luck,

    EMP1R3
     
  11. ArmoredMedia

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    A website can't trademark a sentence. So if you had a few sentences here and there, just ignore them. Tell them to fuck off.
     
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