Stealing Content Follow-up: Happy Results
After sending off a more formal letter Friday with copies to upstream providers I finally got positive results from the company that stole my Websitetips.com content, images, and HTML. They removed my content, images, and HTML from their servers, and I even got an apology. I was also told that the employee responsible was fired.
About the Other Stolen Pages and Images
After they removed the stolen pages and images I let them know that more complaints could be filed against them if they didn’t remove everything that was stolen, not just what they stole from me. I also told them that many in the Web community are now aware of the multitude of stolen pages and images at their site.
Today there is certainly a lot gone from their website, not only what they stole from me. Even their SEO-guide site is completely down today with a note that they’re redesigning. Coincidence? I suspect not.
Of course I let them know that I’d be checking their sites periodically. While I’m hoping this is the end of the story, it wouldn’t be the first time someone took down stolen content only to put it back up before long. I hope they understand that they can and will get caught if they steal anything again. Businesses who operate this way ultimately run the very real risk of being put out of business.
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