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I have an older 'travel maps' site .. maps of a given region. On the home page is a map of a subject country. I drew the map using AI and several different source images with different features .. map has logo, 'all rights reserved' and URL.
For a year it was featured in Google serps as a thumbnail above the results .. got lots of traffic.
The image is still there, but it now redirects to a university .edu domain. Investigation shows that a webmaster took my map for a personal project. My logo is still showing.
So apparently, Google gives a duplicate content tie to the .edu over the .com. I wonder if it's the same for text content?
You may want to check your images that are / were getting good traffic.
All institutions holding names as of October 29, 2001 in
the .edu domain will be allowed to keep them without regard
to institutional eligibility requirements at this time.
So if an infringing edu website is one of these grandfathered domains, there may be no legitimate educational institution to be in touch with.
If you drew the map and it was stolen, why not contact the university to demand that it be maken down? If that fails, you can file a DMCA complaint with Google.
I have contacted the Uni .. and they claimed to have removed the image .. but I still see it. It could be the proxy server cache here in TL.
I'll give them another couple days then go for the DMCA.
Maybe someone not in Thailand can have a look for me? = PM
makese sense even though it sucks for you.
Someone with a page on an .edu site steals some content. Then Google's, with their bias toward .edu sites substitutes their URL in the redirect. And you say it makes sense?
Many 'projects' are student or faculty pages on the uni server had have no more authority than any other page on the web.
I certainly don't understand your reasoning.
Sounds like you got some action from the U, old_expat, and the situation should clear up. If not, you know the way forward -- good luck with it.
Um .. yeah, you other guys too! ;)
[edited by: tedster at 6:42 am (utc) on June 25, 2007]
[edit reason] make link live [/edit]
So can anyone with a friend at an organization with a .edu put up a page, steal content and let Google send them the traffic the victim deserves?
Looks like another type of abuse that needs fixing.
Here is a clue if content shows up on a domain for the first time today and you have the same content from anytime prior to today you have just retrieved a copy.
I'll let you determine which of the copies is original if both copies appeared within say 72 hours of each other.
Not perfect but it beats marking a copy retrieved years after it was first posted on the world wide wobbly as the original one and then rank it in place of the original.
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