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I am truly pissed ... Someone stole my entire site

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by metalfreek, May 20, 2016.

  1. metalfreek

    metalfreek Junior Member

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    Couples of year back I created a siloed site strictly for experimentation and got it to PR 2 and then let the domain expire. The content on the site was written by myself and was genuine and well written.

    Today I just remembered the domain and wanted to check the status and it was taken by someone else. That's cool. I let that domain go .... was PR2 anyhow ...

    The problem is that this guy not only took my domain (I am fine about that), he got my entire site. I had coded it myself, it was static HTML, all my original content and images. He didn't even bothered to correct grammar error ... just copied my entire site. I guess he got the content from archive.org or something.

    He has hidden his who is proof so I have no way of directly contacting this guy. Now, my question is how can I contact this guy and tell him to take down my content or at least pay me for my work. I had more than 20 pages of original content there and not to mention the time I have spend on coding this site.

    Any suggestion will be appreciated. Thanks.
     
  2. okazaki

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    File a DMCA Takedown Notice with their hosting company.
     
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    bartosimpsonio Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    File a DMCA request with Google as well. He's going for SEO, if you cut off his profit margin he'll eventually take the site down.
     
  4. clickwhale

    clickwhale Regular Member

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    Not much you can do here.... the hosting company will ask you for "proof" that it's your copy... what can you provide?
     
  5. pro007

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    You can;t do anything now, forgot about this, now this domain and content of his property .. you dont have any proof so leave it and think for future .
     
  6. immaletyoufinish

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    lmao this is literally what we talk about and actively practice on this forum all day long and you complain when it happens to you. I mean...sucks but why moan about it? That guy is just like a hobo sifting through the internet's garbage can to find the sandwich crust that you tossed away. So what if he wants to pick up your sandwich crust and eat it.
     
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  7. The Scarlet Pimp

    The Scarlet Pimp Senior Member

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    You let it expire which says it wasn't important. Unless he's costing you income I doubt you have a case. And what lawyer would accept it without a hefty retainer?
     
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    Like others mentioned File a DMCA and take it down. You could also send a DMCA to the host of the website.
     
  9. BlogPro

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    The link to the archive page and the domain ownership history are his proofs.

    @metalfreek - send an email to the encrypted mail-ID for his protected whois - it will already be taken down. Send a formal Cease & Desist first - if he doesn't budge in a week - file a formal DMCA takedown against him with his hosting and google.

    Your domain expired - does not mean your copyright to the content expired.
     
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    Just so you know, we also talk about ways to deal with this when it happens. I guess you forgot about that part, since you're so busy mocking the OP.

    OP if you don't have proof that it's yours, that you coded it and wrote the articles, then there's nothing you can do about it. If you have proof, file a DMCA with both the website host and Google. Problem solved.
     
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    File a DMCA request, and warning to the Hosting company ASAP.
     
  12. JabbaTheHutt

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    There is a good chance he/she is another BHW member. lol Anyway I don't think even DMCA gonna work unless you have some solid proof.
     
  13. Asif WILSON Khan

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    OP I bet all your original content can be found on The WayBack Machine/The Internet Archive http://archive.org/web/

    The guy did what numerous people on this forum do. He found an old domain and scraped the old content and put it back up. Not really any point in pursuing it as you let it expire.

    Yes, you maybe the copyright holder but it will probably not be worth the hassle.
     
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  14. Jared255

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    Let it go. You f*cked up by letting it expire sorry to say. Learning experience.
     
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  15. neu009

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    Well , you let it expire your loss...
    I doubt you have any proof you created the content anyways do you? Just pointing out you may have owned the domain in the past is probably not enough. Sure, feel free to try to get anything out of it, but I sure as hell now I would not pay for some old content as you said with grammar errors.

    You let it expire so even though it was a PR 2 there seems to not have been enough value for you. Snooze you loose...
     
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    It happened to me too before with my Amazon affiliate site.
    Had a site that ranked on Google then got a penalty, so I moved the content to a new domain and let the old domain expire.
    The new site is ranking fine, but apparently someone else registered the old domain after it expired, copied and used the exact same content but did not rank anywhere.
     
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  18. Sugirl

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    ahahha dude I do this like once a week :D Your loss, let it go... You let it expire..
     
  19. zigzag

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    Why would you care? You let the domain expire because it most likely wasn't making you money and if you weren't going to use the content on another site whats the point of going after this person? It's like a toy you got tired of playing with so you just threw it away and now you want it back because you see somebody else playing with it. Now if your actually using this content already on another site, that's a different story.
     
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  20. UptonGoodwin

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    Unless you have hard proof you are the original author of the content in someway, it might be hard for you to accomplish much. However you CAN send an email to the encrypted WHO IS email and see if the guy will respond and work out a reasonable compromise.

    Now if you used your real name or something somewhere on the content that got picked up by the Wayback Machine or you have some hard copy proof that you are the original domain owner and the creator of the content, then you could have a case to shut him down for stealing your copywrited articles.

    This is something that gets discussed all the time here on BHW, registering an expired domain and stealing the old content to use on the new site. This is perhaps the other side of this technique that most people probably don't think about too much. That you are in fact using someone else's copyrighted material and can be potentially held liable for it.