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I look after a site for a photographer and have keywords such as "photographer, studio, London, portrait, family portrait" ... etc
We have been contacted by another photographer, located in/around London, who is saying that we have infringed his copyright by using the same words!
Surely this cannot be possible. Does he own the dictionary? They are generic words associated with the business and area.
So my question is this -
Same words, different order - Infringement?
Same words, same order - Infringement?
He has threatened C & D under DMCA, solicitors ...etc, but I just would like other peoples PoV so I can pacify the website owner.
Many thanks all
but is it worth all the hassle? keywords don't affect your search engine ranking at all now. in my opinion they are only useful if you have an internal search engine set up. so if you have copied them from him maybe you could save yourself a lot of bother by just changing them.
You cannot copyright individual words.
A sequence of words in the same order may be considered as a "work", same as book would be.
If you change the order of the words I don't see how they can claim infringement.
Oh... this is advice from some bod on the interweb - #*$! do I know :)
If however, you were using words/phrases that they had trademarked, that would possibly be another matter especially as you're in the same business.
If the list of words has been directly copied from their site then claims of unethical behaviour could be bandied about, but I reckon that's about it.
If in doubt, seek proper legal counsel, etc...