Website Theft- It Really Can Happen to You!

Mam

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Website Theft- It Really Can Happen to You!

“Houston, we have a problem...”

This was the message flashing across my computer screen a few months ago on MSN Messenger. The source of the message was my long-time business partner and friend, Anat. I quickly checked the world clock at the bottom of my computer to see what time it was in her part of the world…2:00 a.m. too early to consider calling her and waking up her family.

Hoping there was a follow-up email, I clicked over to my email bin. I located an email telling me that one of our popular websites had been stolen!

I did a double-take. Stolen? I couldn’t believe what I was reading. How do you steal a website? Over the next week, I would find out just how easy it is to steal all of someone’s hard work and sweat and also how prevalent website theft is.

The thief had indeed stolen our entire website, and just changed the name a tiny bit. But this thief either too lazy or sloppy had in the process truncated many of the pirated pages. The games section was dead. The photo contest expired, and the wallpaper section still had our original logo stamped across each photo.

As I surfed through the pages, I could feel the anger welling up inside of me. How does anyone think they have the right to steal all our hard work! For over two years we had this website on the Internet, doing quite well, and in just minutes, our work was turned into a mockery.

I spent the following few days searching out options while trying to expedite the removal of the copycat website.

If your website is stolen, this is what you do:

• Locate the host server of the pirated pages by looking it up on WHOIS.com
• Send out several emails- one to the thief, one to the host server, one to the FCC. The emails have to be specifically worded and sent to the proper party. Otherwise, the legal department will bounce the email back to you, telling you they reject your claim because it does not adhere to their standards.

• The document you need to follow is located at www.copyright.gov/legislation/dmca.pdf

• Once the host server has been notified they are bound by law to remove the offending website within 72 hours.

• Notify your advertisers if applicable. Sometimes a group effort brings results quicker.

• Visit http://www.w3.org/Consortium/ many of the website tools and tutorials located there are free for usage. They also carry excellent information on how to deal with website theft, and how to make your website safer....

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Nullset

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thanks for the usefull information, this is what i need because it happend to my friend site a couple of months ago and we didnt know where to go or do..
 

CasinoSlot

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Know where you are coming from

thanks for the usefull information, this is what i need because it happend to my friend site a couple of months ago and we didnt know where to go or do..

I had a whole site stolen about 5 years ago.
2 years ago some Eastern European guy put a policital message on a site of mine.
Three months ago I had all sorts of problems with a company that added 'game files' in 6 domains on one host.
And just yesterday I checked out a report there was a trojan on a site (that turned out to be in error).

These are all different hosts that said they were secure.

It wastes soo much time.
I've bookmarked this page for future reference.

:tiphat:
 

googleguru

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You are scaring me with this post. Now I have to do something for ensuring the safety of my website.
 

terrymason

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FYI - I checked out copyscape, and they charge you per month for up to 10 pages. You have to pay extra per page for more than 10. I'm not sure if this is really feasible for a forum
 

Blind Bandit

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Very good stuff.

But everyone should be aware depending on where the host is located if they are off shore IE not in the USA /Candidna / UK. They may not be required to deal with your DMCA request.

Many people seek offshore hosting for similar reasons.
 
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