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ukonline

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Hello there

I was wondering if anyone can help.  I recently discovered that someone had stolen a lot of the content of my business website including copying the buttons and frequently asked questions page.  I sent a cease and desist notice to them and also a notice to the host.  Although a few of the words have been changed, it is still obvious that the content has been copied.  The host removed the site for 2 days and then reinstated it saying we should sort it out between us!  I am based in the UK as is the thief.  Is there anything else I can do to get this site removed?  I can't really afford to take legal action.

Any advice would be gratefully received!

Many thanks
stapel

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Where is the host located? (If in the US, you can file a DMCA notice, and the host should take the content down, until and unless the plagiariser contests your notice.)

Thank you.

Eliz.


ukonline

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Hi Eliz
thanks for replying.  The host is in the UK - Moonfruit.  I did send them a DMCA anyway but to no avail.  I have today registered my website with the copyright service at http://www.copyrightservice.co.uk/ so that I can prove the content is mine.

stapel

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The host is in the UK.... I did send them a DMCA anyway but to no avail.

The DMCA, being a US statute, probably does not "hold" in the UK. Many hosts are respecting it anyway, if for no other reason than that it has a clearly-defined process that everyone can follow. But outside the US, compliance with that particular statute is not mandatory.

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I have today registered my website with the copyright service at http://www.copyrightservice.co.uk/ so that I can prove the content is mine.

I don't know that this will "prove" anything, other than that you filed a copy of your content with a company that offers that filing service.

Unfortunately, there does not appear to be any "safe" process or methodology either for registering your copyright with the UK government, nor for taking action against infringers. If you learn anything useful when you speak with your solicitor, especially with regard to how current regulations would be applied in practical terms, please reply with that information.

Thank you!

Eliz.

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