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What is the extend of what I can file legal actions against the site owner?
If it is in Google, you can also file a DMCA report with them, and they will remove the infringed pages from the serps. [google.com...]
You can file a copyright infringement lawsuit, but you should contact a lawyer for this. When you choose a lawyer, make sure that he or she has experience with internet law and copyright infringement.
You should be aware that this route can be pretty costly - and even more so if they have deep pockets to fund it. You should examine why you want to take this route, when the content has been removed.
You should also get a copy of the whois for the domain of the infringer as well, if you haven't already.
Next step would be to contact a lawyer who is familiar with copyright law, and see what he or she says about turning this into a lawsuit. A lawyer will be able to give you a much better idea of what is involved and if you have a strong case or not to win.
Hmmmm, 2 sites copied and used my work (one includes my author statement and is a pure spam site). I informed Google, with their instructions copied to the letter, some 6 to 8 weeks ago.
Both sites are still showing my stolen pages in the Google serps.
Don't hold your breath for Google to act......
There are so many obviously 'iffy' sites in the Google serps that I wonder if they really care. Or maybe it's just a sign of the times.....
If you do a search for "Kazaa", scroll to the bottom and you will see:
In response to a complaint we received under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, we have removed 14 result(s) from this page. If you wish, you may read the DMCA complaint for these removed results.
So they are removing sites and pages as per the DMCA. If you do a search for Google at chillingeffects.org you can also get a list of the ones they have taken action on.