Captain wrote: "Our company has a staff member that composes articles relevent to our industry for our client's benefit.
We have a competitor that copies the articles within a few hours of us posting the content."
Hi ya. Same problem here. A small-time player is constantly on the look out for some fresh content on our web sites which automatically is displayed on his own pages.
Pictures, texts, metatags, titles, keywords, etc. He even had a couple of domains with our logo on them, with enquiry forms sending details to his own e-mail.
I asked him to remove the content a few times. No reply. Then I simply found a way to get into his host, and... removed the domains from the DNS. Two day later, he got in touch with me threatening me with some dirty scam... so I enabled his domains again.
The content is still there, and if by any chance one of my superiors saw that.... this guy will be in trouble.
I know it is sometimes a bit.... savage, but it helps. just find the guy and smack him in the face.
100% garantee he will not copy your stuff again.