If you discover someone has stolen your content, you should act quickly to have it removed. Since copyright laws vary from place to place, it is always best to seek professional legal advice from a qualified lawyer before proceeding. Here are some steps to consider:
- Look for contact details on the offending site and send a polite message asking for the material to be removed. If there are no contact details available, try emailing
webmaster@ the domain.
- Use a Whois service to find out the website owner's name and telephone number and contact them directly. Enter the domain name in the search box and the contact information should appear towards the bottom of the page.
- Contact the web hosting company used by the site and inform them of their customer's abuse. This information is also available through a Whois search.
- Send a formal 'Cease and Desist' letter notifying the offending party that they must remove the stolen content from their site. Some sample letters are available on the web.
- File a notice of Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) infringement with search engines such
Google and others to have the offending site removed from their search results.
- If you need proof of infringement, you can use the Internet Archive to show that the content appeared on your site at an earlier date than it appeared on the offending site.
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