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Frost_Angel

4:02 am on Oct 16, 2012 (gmt 0)



I came across a site today that has copied my site in full. Nothing changed but URL and a few names.

What are my options? What do I do. There is no contact info in the whois info.

I've never had this issue before and I am really freaked out.

Thanks in advance.

not2easy

4:51 am on Oct 16, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Do a search here for DMCA, then report the site in your Webmaster Tools account, they can hide the registration for now, but it will show the host, that is the next place to report the site..hopefully it is a US host. It takes a little work but they may be down quickly depending on who and where they are.
I'm sure others here have better advice that is more specific, just trying to give you ideas on where to start looking. Good luck.

mark_roach

1:17 pm on Oct 16, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I had a similar thing happen to me. I sent a spam report to Google using webmaster tools which seemed to do the trick within a week or so.

klark0

1:45 pm on Oct 16, 2012 (gmt 0)



Go here: [google.com...] to file a report to get them out the index.

If they have adsense on their pages, you can file this one too: [support.google.com...] I've gotten quite a few scrappers banned from Adsense that way :D. Most times, though, they just disable ad serving to the pages and send a message to them. It almost always gets their attention, whereas emails and DMCAs to hosting providers often get ignored.

Lame_Wolf

2:02 pm on Oct 16, 2012 (gmt 0)

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It almost always gets their attention, whereas emails and DMCAs to hosting providers often get ignored.
I've never had a hosting company ignore a DMCA, even those outside the USA. (I've never tried China or Russia.)

Frost_Angel

2:41 pm on Oct 16, 2012 (gmt 0)



I think their host is a reseller of GoDaddy. At least that's where the trace route seems to end. So I sent a DMCA to GoDaddy. I hope that takes care of it - because he's copied the site word for word, design.... even my personal info and life story. It looks like an exact replication except he made a minor change to my logo and took the picture of me (female, blonde, blue eyed) and changed it to an african american man. Other than that - he's copied it - even my disqus comments?
 

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