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Site 100% copied - what else can I do?



2:47 am on May 5, 2007 (gmt 0)

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In keeping within the rules of this site consider the following fake site:


Someone registered http://example1-example2.com and copied 100% of my site. I believe this may be hurting my rankings.

In google the site is only listed as supplemental.

-I have emailed the site owner and asked him to remove the illegal content.
-I reported to the domain register service that his phone number is missing a digit and asked for the real contact information.
-I reported the abuse to Google.

What else can I do. It seems that there should be a straight-forward way to "black-list" this kind of site.

Any other suggestions?

[edited by: tedster at 3:03 am (utc) on May 5, 2007]
[edit reason] de-link the URL [/edit]


5:59 am on May 5, 2007 (gmt 0)

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File a copyright infringement case against him


6:00 am on May 5, 2007 (gmt 0)

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But before..Have your complete website registered with the copyright laws


6:15 am on May 5, 2007 (gmt 0)

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If he has adsense on his site, Contact adsense team and you may be able to close adsense on his site.


" For Services that do, Google will, in appropriate circumstances, terminate repeat infringers."


8:09 am on May 5, 2007 (gmt 0)

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When you say you reported the abuse to Google did you mean you just told them about it or did you actually mail them a copyright infringement claim. Like here: [google.com...]

I've done that a couple of times, it mostly works. And send one to their host as well. That works almost every time.

Sorry that happened to you :( Good Luck!


8:34 am on May 5, 2007 (gmt 0)

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How does he copy your site technically? By manually inserting your content or does he scrape many sites by using some kind of bot-technology or proxy?

If so, find out his IP and block access to your site. Though one can't catch up with all this scrapers, it might help for the moment with this special one...

Regards and good luck to you.


10:31 am on May 5, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Send a proper DMCA notice to all major search engines, hosting company, website owner. And keep calling the hosting company to put the infringing site down. You may also include some proof like google cache and web orchaive info to support your claim. If you have your site copyrighted under any country you may include the certificate as well.


4:42 pm on May 5, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I did not file a DMCA, but reported the abuse to google and other search engines asking them to remove the copied site from the search results.

I am assuming that Google would easily be able to determine the site is 100% copying my site and simply not list or crawl the copied site.


5:10 pm on May 5, 2007 (gmt 0)

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File the DMCA. If you only "complain" then they can be liable for taking the site down, so most won't. If you follow the rules and file the DMCA, they are responsible only if they *do not* take the site down.


9:47 am on May 6, 2007 (gmt 0)

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After filing the dmca also keep calling the hosting company to put their site down.


9:11 pm on May 6, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Does anyone know how long it takes if I file a DMCA request through google to actually get results?


3:31 am on May 7, 2007 (gmt 0)

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They should contact you within a week or so.

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