Today, in the process of checking through the number of backlinks that imstash.com had obtained, I found a web page had scrapped content from my blog and trying to profit from it. Not exactly the kind of things that you like to see or find out on a beautiful Sunday. Although this is an unpleasant discovery, I do understand that it is a common problem that me and you deal with from time to time, so I thought I may as well write a post on this. And if you have this problem, stay cool and seek out these options.
Contact the Offender
Now what we can is to contact the webmaster responsible for the offending content, and request them to remove it immediately. However, do not set your hopes too high as the chances of this course of action being successful is low. Blog scrappers usually do not provide any valid email address, or does not even bother to reply.
Contact the Web Hosting Company
Another option is to seek help from the company hosting the scrapped content. If the act is against the web hosting’s TOS or had already received numerous complaints from other content owners, the web hosting company may just shut down the offending website. Here’s a free online tool to find out who is hosting the website.
Last but not least, file a DMCA request with the major search engines such as Google and Bing. Submitting the request is similar on both search engines, so I’ll just illustrate the steps to raise a DMCA request with Google:
- visit the Google copyright removal dashboard here
- click on the “Create a new notice“
- after which, you need to complete all the required details, providing information on what kind of copyright had been infringed, the URL of the offending content, the URL of your original content, etc
- once all details done, submit your DMCA request
- your request will be logged and you can see the status by re-visiting the dashboard again. Click to enlarge image below
Google takes serious views on copyright infringement, and as long as your request is valid, you can rest assured actions, will be taken against them. This usually means removing the offending web page, or even entire website, from the search results.
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