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    Fergie,
    a couple of years ago someone copied my entire site (www.gambling-advisor.com) and just changed .com to .biz. I sent a strongly worded letter to the web hosting company. The pirated site vanished quickly. I still have a copy of that letter. If you'd like to see it, reach me at knarfynot (at) yahoo.ca

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    any update on this issue. i think contacting the host will solve the problem.
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    Wow. Thank you everybody for your support! A lot of great advice. It's threads like this that remind me why it's good to be a member of the GPWA. I didn't get any update notices so I just noticed that the thread has grown!

    About hiring writers and having the writers scrape content without you knowing it. I have hired writers myself, and I always googled a few sentences before publishing just to be sure. It's the only way to do things, IMO, until you feel you can trust the writer. If you publish without checking, well, I figure you've earned a thread - in your name - such as this one here at the GPWA. It only has to happen once before you realize you need to check everything you publish. School of hard knocks teaches lasting lessons.

    Also, I did email the host, but haven't followed up on it yet. Things have been crazy around here - sold the house and getting ready to move. I'll look into that now.
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    I have a reply from the hosting company:

    We deeply regret about your situation, but there is no 100%
    correct way for us to determine the credibility of your claim. So we
    cannot judge the accused website owner or take down their website,
    because we could be wrong.

    We suggest you contact the website owner directly. If that
    didn't work you should consider contacting your lawyer and get a court
    order to take the website or domain name down.

    Hope you find a solution and peace if mind,

    Sincerely,

    Support, Intellwiz


    Excuse me? My site is years older. You could use the wayback utility to determine that the content was, in fact, on my site before the other domain name had even been created!

    I have found a couple more sites that have scraped from mine and reported all to google. Enough fooling around here!
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    Russians lol but yeah content theft sucks.

    Does copyscape still have a service for that?
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    I never even thought of checking things out with copyscape! I shall do so.
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    Hey Fergie,
    Please keep us informed on how this issue is evolving. I would like to know what you did and if it worked or not.
    Best of luck on getting this harmful content off the web.

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    Opa frank your slot machine fun page has been copied in full by that site too, so you have the same problem now.

    Maybe you should join efforts to get that a$$hole.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fergie View Post
    I have a reply from the hosting company:

    We deeply regret about your situation, but there is no 100%
    correct way for us to determine the credibility of your claim. So we
    cannot judge the accused website owner or take down their website,
    because we could be wrong.

    We suggest you contact the website owner directly. If that
    didn't work you should consider contacting your lawyer and get a court
    order to take the website or domain name down.

    Hope you find a solution and peace if mind,

    Sincerely,

    Support, Intellwiz


    Excuse me? My site is years older. You could use the wayback utility to determine that the content was, in fact, on my site before the other domain name had even been created!

    I have found a couple more sites that have scraped from mine and reported all to google. Enough fooling around here!
    Hi Fergie,

    Maybe you could reply back to the offenders hosting company with a link and screenshot to your site on the Wayback Machine showing the copied content from a date prior to the offenders domain even being purchased?

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    Fergie,

    Respond back, and include links to the waybackarchive as well, to prove the content is yours. Up the ante and state you will also take legal action against the hosting company as well as their client. This being the last contact they will hear from you, the next step will be your lawyer.

    99% of cases if the site is on shared hosting, the host will pull the plug. It is not worth their while as the income they get from hosting the site is minimal compared to a possible lawsuit.

    This tactic usually works for me.

    Edited to add: Have you tried phoning him from the details on the whois record? This will spook him/her. If of course a false number, then file an invalid whois report with ICANN. They do act on them and they have taken away domains from registrants in the past who have provided false who is records.
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    Agree with Webzcas. The response you got from the host disgusts me. Make the decision easy for them and give them some evidence to look at.

    The problem is if the culprit is an "SEO" factory located in India like the webhost (the name on the whois record says "topseotech"), there may be significantly more money at stake than a single hosting account.

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    Here is the link to file a report of in-accurate whois info

    http://wdprs.internic.net/

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    An interesting article and video that just came out today about this very subject!

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    while you can't completely stop content theft you can disable the hightlight copy and paste.

    for FireFox add the following to your css
    -moz-user-select: none;

    For IE modify the body tag:
    <BODY ondragstart="return false" onselectstart="return false" oncontextmenu="return false">

    Keep in mind that this will effect pages with forms on them or pages suchas link pages where the user needs copy your link code so you'll need a separate css file

    I use it on my site.

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    Fergie did you get this sorted?!

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    I suggest you fill several DMCA forms. The first one you will submit to Google. Once examined they will most likely ban the domain from their search results. The second one you will submit to the ISP. They cannot give you an excuse with the crap like they did before. Once you have sent a DMCA to the ISP they have 24 hours to respond.

    I have all nessesary forms, so send me a message if you need them sent. Here's what it says:
    "Be aware that if you ignore this notice, you (as a Provider covered by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act) forfeit the Act's immunity from monetary damages, which range from $750 to $30,000 per work infringed and up to $150,000 per work for willful infringement. Attorney's fees and costs can also be recovered."


    1) reply to the Complainant (Us) and /or the Authorized Agent thereof that this notification has been received, within 24 hours.
    2) send your customer written notification, along with a copy of this notification, requesting removal of the infringing material and requiring confirmation of the removal be sent to you (the Provider) within 24 hours;
    3) disable access to the infringing material or the customer's account if the customer fails to remove the infringing material and/or fails to inform you (the Provider) of the removal within 24 hours of notification;


    So once you've sent them the DMCA, let them figure it out on their own. I doubt they will bullshit you around with another not enough evidence message. Good luck.
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    Nothin has happened so far. I reported to google and have taken a sterner tone with the ISP, who said they would notify their customer, but a cache of a site is not proof that it was the original content owner.

    And so I have just now filled out and sent the DMCA forms (thanks for the advice, xecutable). We shall see what happens.
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    WOW

    I got a reply from the owner of the site:

    Here is what he/she said:

    I will talk with my content writer about this copying issue. As we almost use our own writeup on sites. As per your notification. I have stoped site, till then i could not solved out this issue from my side and inform you accordingly .

    Now I sent an email about this to him/her on May the 26th and never heard back. I then sent an email to the isp, then another. The isp said, after the third try, that they would contact the owner of the site and take it from there. That was over a week ago.

    So I send along an email with filled-in DMCA forms and get a response immediately.

    Thank you very much for all the sound advice!

    One down, two to go. There are two other sites that are using content from slottips.com, and these ones are obviously scrapers.
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    Well done. Keep those DMCAs in your letters just to make sure people don't slack around.
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