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Other than contacting an attorney, are there any other suggestions?
[edited by: tedster at 6:13 am (utc) on Nov. 24, 2007]
... since the original information was given freely
No, it wasn't. The website got this information elsewhere. My friend did not authorize it to be published anywhere.
Removing the original page with the website owner's help and then eliminating the scraped pages with a spam report sounds like a good plan. Thanks again.
If the publisher will not fully co-operate, their web host might, and a lawyer is a last resort, useless if the site is in another country.
Once the original has gone, there's virtually no chance of anyone finding it by chance, unless it's the only mention of your friend's name on the web. And one way around that is to ensure his name does appear in appropriate settings, so that the last dregs of the scraper's efforts are pushed down, out of sight (really not a problem; most don't last in the serps for long!).
The fact that you can inform the publisher about the scrapers should help you get favourable consideration!