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I'm seeing a lawyer tomorrow, but before I meet the lawyer, I'd like to know if using the wayback machine (archive.org) is suitable as evidence that I was using the content long before my competitor was? Has anyone used archive.org as evidence in court, especially in the UK? If so, does anyone know of any specific cases where this was used?
I must stress that this is a blatant copy of my web content and my competitor is less than 50 miles away (we're both in the UK). I earn good money from my site, mainly as a result of my content.
Thanks in advance.
What it will not do is prove:
a) Evidence that you own copyright.
b) They ripped off your website, word for word, image for image etc.
If it as blatant as you say I would think serving a DMCA notice on their hosts will be far more effective and cheaper and also solve your problem within the week.
archive.org shows we were using some of the content more than 3 years ago and shows how the content gradually changed to what it is now. it also shows the competitor wasn't using the content 12 months ago.
gonna take him down ..............