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Over a month later I finally received a reply that said Google is refusing a number of my requests according to their "content guidelines". No details or references were provided to these content guidelines.
Many of the remaining infringing sites are classic scraper spam with Adsense ads. Seeing as how these spam sites are built specifically to target Adsense revenue and are monitized entirely by Google ad dollars, I'd have thought they'd be quick to remove them so they'd qualify for DMCA Safe Harbor.
I've followed Google's DMCA rules to the letter but was still denied. The sites are clearly taking my content and Google has clearly stated that they will not act to remove it from their index. Anyone have an idea of how I should proceed from here?
What can take a particularly long time seems to be anything that deals with dynamic pages, because it's quite possible that the content could end up on hundreds of pages on the copier's site.
IMHO, scraper sites don't pose much of a threat. You could probably counteract many scrapers by putting in an IP block based around the IP of the server. Certainly, they'll tend not to trigger a duplicate content penalty.
To be fair to Google, they are the only search engine I've dealt with that actually bothers with DMCA complaints at all..
Out of about 14 stolen articles we've only got 2 that are refusing to remove the articles and we've contacted the host too. The last one also put the article in Google's AdWords and Google said contact the owner/host. The competitor even took the clien'ts text from his adword's ad and used that too. So far no help from google. This competitor is also operating without a business license or contractor's license in his state too. A crook from the word "go."
I would suggest to copyright the text you use on your site and negotiate some kind of fee with a lawyer who can wite some nice nasty letters.