Duplicate Content has become a major headache for us. I am referring to stolen content. I spend hours each week sending out cease and desists. When there is a major issue such as another SEO company stealing entire sections of the site our rankings plummet. We resolve the issue and our rankings come back. I find the SEO's stealing the content and re-producing it on their site talking about their ethical approach highly offensive. Has anybody ever sued over duplicate content. I wonder if there is a legal case to sue somebody and make it a high profile case to try and deter companies stealing content as a short cut. I am not talking about scrapers either although that happens too I am talking about entire sections of content stolen with the name of the Copmpany deliberately changed. The greatest frustration of all is that when these unscrupulous thieves steal our content our rankings plummet.
The DMCA procedure takes too long. Has anybody had any experience of reporting the site to the plagiarists ISP?
At least you're coming back in. This filter is really bad on infringement. Maybe sometime soon someone at G will wake up for issues where there is a Registered Copyright or use a realistic dating system for the content, and or loosen the filter on sites that complain and file DMCA complaints.
Google does not do the proper job at filtering out the original content, nor in protecting sites from "infringement ranking attacks".
I am afraid you will only become disheartened with any and all approaches to infringed content, especially if they keep happening.
I also believe this may be a collaborative effort in some cases to purposely take out sites since Google makes it a bit easier now.
I have found contacting ISPs to be the biggest waste of time. The only thing that works is filing the DMCA and getting it removed. But you loose time to do these as they are time consuming and sometimes incomplete.
[edited by: tedster at 11:16 pm (utc) on Dec. 1, 2006]