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Recently we re-wrote a news article from another not-so-huge website. The website has filed a properly formated DMCA notice to my web host and ordering me to take it down within 24 hours.
Some points to note:-
1) The re-writing passes copyscape.com both ways - search for my url doesn't show the source's url and vice-versa
2) I didn't credit/link to the source
3) It is completely rewritten. The views are same, i.e. if source article said abc kicks ass so does our article, but the wording is completely different . In fact i had to read the articles twice after getting the DMCA to realize that the complainant was indeed the source(I didn't write it myself).
4) We have been doing this for a very long time, only for news articles and usually mixing facts from multiple stories.
5) Me and my company are both located outside USA.
I would love to show the 2 versions of the content here, but afaik its against the forum rules, moreover i wouldnt like to identify my site here.
It is clear here, that the source is jealous that we rank higher on the Search Engines for the terms in the content and they are unhappy about it.
What options do I have here? Take down the content? Take a stand?
If it goes to court, any clues on what expenses I incur?
Looking forward for some guidance.
Recently we re-wrote a news article
It's over...you lost. They caught you. Drop the article now and cut your losses.
You COULD get a lawyer, but those aren't free and you'd still lose. You aren't allowed to rewrite articles, and the fact that you just admitted you did and they were able to spot that you did means it really wasn't that great of a rewrite.