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Copied Entire Site (about 4000+ pages) - How to Proceed
Host is a fly-by-night company
elguapo




msg:3508046
 12:42 pm on Nov 18, 2007 (gmt 0)

My entire website was copied, all 4000+ pages of it. The person did a global search and replaced my website's name and changed to theirs. They changed the logo to their name.

Funny thing is that they forgot to change their publisher's page and still shows my picture and my name. The blog shows my partner's name as the author.

Typically, I just go to the webhost and file a DMCA complaint.

In this instance however, the webhost seems to be a fly by night reseller with no telephone number. We sent the DMCA complaint to the emails listed on the site -- but still nothing. The technical support forum is full of porn and smut posts.

We did a tracert and the next hop is a company called Managed Solutions Group, Inc. based in Fremont CA but for the life of us we can't get the website of this hosting company.

We filed a DMCA complaint with Google, but Google wants a list of all the URLs and listing all those 4000+ URLs is a pain.

- Can we go after the domain name registrar and report this scumbag?
- Should we just send this scumbag a cease and desist through our lawyer?
- Can we send a DMCA complaint to the next hop in tracert - the company they use to get the hosting lines (Cogent?)

What are our options? I don't really mind if someone takes our entire article or a blog post and use it on their site. But to copy our entire website is a whole different enchilada.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

 

oziman




msg:3508081
 2:51 pm on Nov 18, 2007 (gmt 0)

You can definitely DMCA the registrar - done it before and it works.
I would try a little harder for the next hop's contact information - have you looked at the ARIN IP Block records (or RIPE or wherever the ip is)?

If your serious then submit to google all 4000 urls - there are many programs that can do this for you.

good luck

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