How to remove copyright infringement from a document or website can seem like a daunting task, but here we will map out the different steps you can take to remove your content along with the consequences of copyright infringement.
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In most cases, after contacting the suspected site, the content will be deleted. It is important to document the infringement before this happens and again if it is deleted. Follow these steps to document the duplicate content you have found.
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In order to use the screenshots and source code in a court of law, be sure to include when these steps were taken and which browser and version, i.e. Internet Explorer 9, January 20, 2017.
It is important to take into consideration that a lawyer can further advise you on what will be useful in a court of law.
When you first find that your content has been duplicated on another site, it’s important to find out how much has been taken. Two paragraphs is very different compared to routine scraping for months. Something else that needs to be considered, is how long the content has been live.
One other point to be conscious of, is if the website was making money off of your content. For example, if there was a Google Ads campaign, you can expect that they were able to make money from that webpage.
If this is the case, you are able to notify Google Ads and they will immediately end the campaign.
There are various online services and extensions that can help you determine if the webpage is monetizing from your content.
They can search if their pages were indexed before their original content, and this increases the damage done. If they are ahead, google is giving them more benefits, and it’s harming your original page.
The easiest way to find out if your ranking has been affected, is to look for your SEO search phrases on Google and other search engines. If your website appears after the suspected site or not at all, this means your ranking has been affected by the duplicate content.
For example, if you created a post about "Lights in aquariums", you should search this phrase and see if your site appears.
The first step is contact the website owner in order to remove the content. You should specify the original content URL (your webpage) and their webpage URL that has the same content.
After finding the address and sending a request for removal, the content should be removed.
Once this happens, the search engine will also remove the reference to this article and your page ranking will then be accurate.
In serious cases where you do not receive a response from the site owner, actions include a cease and desist (and possible law suit) as well as send a request to search engines to remove the content manually You can request for Google and Bing to remove this content.
If the website owner does not answer, in some cases you can contact the platform to remove this content. For example, if the website is hosted by Blogger and the website owner does not answer, you can contact Blogger directly to ask them to remove the content.
We are happy to answer any questions about copyright infringement and what next steps you should take.