shoreline - 4:14 pm on Feb 24, 2012 (gmt 0)
I just redesigned an old site of mine, which has been around for many years, and when I was finished, I decided to check if anyone had copied my content.
Sure enough, A large company has copied my content, along with my java code, and even the url of the pages, word for word. All of it written by myself - and the code is complex.
When searching for terms on search engines, The large company appears as the top result while I appear below them.
Further research shows this has been going on for 5 years, and yes, my bad for not noticing it until now!
There is no question as to ownership, the site has been featured in popular books, the site and code existed long before the infringing site was put into action, and it would be impossible to have done this by accident. It was blatant.
So, I fired off a cease and desist letter to the registrant, board members and top staff containing details and examples about the infringement (ISBN numbers, screen shots, etc) and demanded they remove the pages in question explaining that I've lost traffic and revenue.
They immediately responded and have taken the infringing material down.
In a short email, they explained that it's unlikely they copied the content directly from my site and likely copied it from another site that had copied my content. They also offered to place a link back to my site.
Yup, I read that as "We didn't steal from you, we stole it from someone else who stole it from you."
My site makes money from ads, so right now, I'm not sure how much I've lost from the infringement, perhaps take the traffic they received over the years and go from that?
I'm happy they have removed the content but it irks me they blatantly duplicated my content!
My question is, should I be happy with the results and move on, or should I take legal action?