I've finally started to deal with the content theft that's taken place with my website. So far, everything has been going well.
It seems that you can either file a DMCA complaint with the website or its host, or you can pursue the matter via Google/Webmaster tools.
Here's my question.
What is actually accomplished by pursuing matters through Google?
Is the infringing web page totally removed from the SERP's, even if your content only made up a portion of its content?
Does establishing that you're the true source for duplicated content somehow boost your website's overall reputation in Google's eyes in any way?
Most of my organic traffic comes from Google, so filing thing through them is a big plus.
But when doing so, the content still exists on the infringing website just waiting for someone to copy it from there and use it.
So from that standpoint, it seems it would be better to file the DMCA complaint with the website or host.
I've had several examples where I stumbled across stolen content that CopyScape wasn't able to detect.
So, killing off what you've found may not really be killing all that exists.
So, once again, if you've declared to Google that you are the source for duplicate content on a specific site, is there a benefit that extends to other infringements too?
Maybe the most effective plan is to file a complaint with Google first and then later on file a DMCA complaint with the website and host?