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pbcorp

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Hi there,
 
I would like to share my recent experience on this forum and seek advice on another recent case of plagiarism that I encountered.
 
Sometime in March 2008, using Copyscape I found to my horrors that our business website http://www.pbcorporate.com.sg had been massively copied by 2 Singapore websites offering similar type of business as ours.  One errant site was hosted locally (Singapore) and the other was hosted by Bravenet (Canada).  I approached a legal firm (reputable in Internet IP cases) for advice and used them to send out warning letters to the site owners to remove the site content within 3 days.
 
One of them who had copied 100% of my site, immediately removed the content within the 3 days. 
 
The other site owner continued to ignore my lawyer's letters (2 weeks after the first letter, a strong letter threatening legal action, was sent). Meanwhile, I had already spent a few thousands of dollars on my lawyer and would need to set aside $50K if I had wanted to take the errant site owner to court! Yes, the high cost of legal fees is a major setback for seeking recourse if your content is stolen. 
 
To add insult to injury, the thieves ignore the seriousness of my lawyer's letters. They only took off the contents after I had lodged a complaint to their hosting company - Bravenet.  
 
In July 2008,  through my Copyscape searches I found that another Singapore website (rbcs.com.sg) - my competitor in the business of company incorporations. They have placed a large portion of my site content on some of their web pages - this time, the thieving is more sophisticated:
 
1. The look and feel of the nav bar and the menu content were similar with ours (except for the colours).
 
2. The indexed pages were same as our site, except that we had changed ours to ending with .php
 
3. On the few pages of content that were stolen from our site, certain words were substituted and some sentences had been re-phrased but same substance within the same paragraphs.
 
I found that using a lawyer is expensive and ineffective.  The host is a Singapore company and I do have my doubts that they will be as effective as Bravenet.  Also, the errant site owner will just switch to another hosting company that is not a US-based hosting company.
 
Would appreciate any advice from the forum - should I complain to Google and Yahoo?
 
 
 


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Yes, you need to complain to Google and other search engines so that they will penalize the thieving sites(by either removing their pages from the search engine index, or by lowering their search rankings).

Also, you can try to display your content using Flash, so it can't be copy and pasted(no right clicking etc). If people wanted to copy the content, they would need to type it all by hand, including links and menues.

Good luck with it all.
pbcorp

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Thanks, Buckeyballs for the reply.  I am wondering if I use Flash for the site and also disable the right click.. will this affect the SEO ranking for my site?


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