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Someone Is Copying My Site. How Much Is Considered Copyright Infringement?

Discussion in 'Blogging' started by bigballin6161, Sep 21, 2015.

  1. bigballin6161

    bigballin6161 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Someone is copying my site. Usually I wouldn't care too much but it is for my offline business and we are competing in the same city, so they are a direct competitor. They have not used it word for word but the the way it is set up, structure and just changed a few words/rewrote some things. But it is obvious for me to see that it was copied. I mean I spend countless hours putting it all together and they are just going to steal it. Pisses me off.

    So can/should I do anything? What can I do? Someone suggested getting a lawyer to send them a letter. The thing is I dont even know if I have a foot to stand on since it is not word for word copy.
     
  2. harizd

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    While you can go the legal way, just ask yourself if its worth the time and money?
    You also said that its not a word by word copy so possibly, the other person just took inspiration from your site and was basically lazy to build his own stuff.

    If I were you, I would just drop a 'strong worded' email with a closing sentence about possible DMCA and legal issues if they don't change their content. 90% of the time, this should solve the issue as anyone who is serious about their business wouldn't want to mess up and get in to trouble. If no response, just give the person a call and remind them about your email i.e if they have contact details listed.

    But in reality, there is not much you could do other than sending warning and threatening emails. If this seriously bothers you, may be try contacting his hosting provider and ask them to issue a take down notice.
     
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  3. Zwielicht

    Zwielicht Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    Even if they stole a mere original page, it's still copyright infringement.

    Adding to what harizd said above, you can request a DMCA Takedown by using the following link and hope that works. http://www.dmca.com/FAQ/What-is-a-DMCA-Takedown
     
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  4. bigballin6161

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    See this is the thing. By reading the 2 sites you know that he copied the information, but just worded it differently. I dont want to go foreward if it is not considered copywright? Who would be able to figure out if it is, or what are the guidleines?
     
  5. june007

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    Take their site down!!!!!.
     
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  7. BassTrackerBoats

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    A letter from an attorney would only cost you 50.00 or so... ask one to handle that for you.
     
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  8. bigballin6161

    bigballin6161 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    I would, but since they did not copy word for word, is it still copyright infringement?
     
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    I can't really say but an attorney will write the letter in such a way as to make the guy think twice about continuing down that path.

    Strongly worded letter with an attorney letterhead is usually pretty good for a wake up call.

    I'd be doing that without thinking twice.
     
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  10. Earned Results

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    Just contact their host. You can get the site taken down very easy through a DCMA takedown request.

    I've had to do it numerous times before, large hosting companies don't want to be sued for hosting copy-written material.
     
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