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GegaBit
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Subject: Taking down a content thief
Just added another success story in my long struggle combating scrapers and copy theft.

But this one was the fastest so far
3 days ago I contacted strato.de regarding a German site owned by a German that scraped my content and redistributed it among sections.

This time I kept it relatively simple without legal threats or going into too much detail, just a plain DMCA notification in the title, 4 links to my site and theirs as examples, and a polite request to take the offender down.

3 days later I just received an email from strato.de and the site is now down

Dreadlock

Strike one for the good guys
Will try the simple approach more in the future
Contacting site owners first also pushed down my list of priorities.
May 06, 2009 10:29AM
Troi
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Subject: Re: Taking down a content thief
Well done you.
May 06, 2009 12:31PM
DamonHD
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Subject: Re: Taking down a content thief
Very interesting, well done.

The feckless should feel some pain too, but that's definitely a good start IMHO!

Rgds

Damon
May 06, 2009 06:44PM
Ian C. Purdie
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Subject: Re: Taking down a content thief
I wish it was always that easy.
May 06, 2009 11:29PM
Troi
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Subject: Re: Taking down a content thief
Although our stolen content is still appearing on the rugby site - they have stopped stealing anything new. We did write to them asking them to remove the content - and place a link back to our site to avoid repercussions - neither happened. Anyway - sounds like a good result for you - lets hope the content scrapers desist.
May 07, 2009 07:42AM
GegaBit
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Subject: Re: Taking down a content thief
Closed another site.
Whole thing from filing an official DMCA to site going offline tool less than 4 hours!
Record for fastest closing down now updated.

He was hosted at GoDaddy
What I added to the above this time was a comparison between the 2 sites in PR and Alexa rank, as well as way back machine links to when that site started.
June 14, 2009 03:24PM
Troi
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Subject: Re: Taking down a content thief
Well done - so the system is improving.
June 14, 2009 03:34PM
GegaBit
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Subject: Re: Taking down a content thief
2 days ago I closed another thief, took 24 hours from notification and their hosting pulled the plug.

Yesterday I was contacted by the site owner requesting access to his site to clean out my content, so I made the request to their hosting company, today they are online again minus my content.

This one was claiming to have copied it from another site that had copied my content.

Emotionally draining experiences to say the least, victory is not as sweet as it used to be.
June 26, 2009 02:23PM
Pengi
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Subject: Re: Taking down a content thief
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This one was claiming to have copied it from another site that had copied my content.

Presumably that was considered to make ot a legitimate thing to do!
June 26, 2009 05:00PM
GegaBit
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Subject: Re: Taking down a content thief
Oh ya, took 2 email exchanges with him till I was hit with that brick wall!

I just stopped communicating with him and let their hosting do the talking and his site was unplugged, then he came back crawling asking for a favor which I immediately granted, I do believe he never saw my site before, just his logic and ethics are a little screwed up.
June 26, 2009 08:25PM

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