Copyright and infringement.
If you have created a website, you want this website to remain yours and that the information on your website is not simply copied. However, the texts described on your website are sometimes used. If someone puts a short summary of one or more of your articles on their site and, preferably, also mentions the source (you), then there is no problem. On the contrary, that is beneficial for you in terms of Google rankings. And, when third parties rewrite your text and when it is not visible that this text comes from your website, then there is also little going on. On the other hand, copying a complete website also occurs and is unfortunately very easy with the right tools. It is possible that people take a complete text from your website and then publish it unaltered or hardly changed on their own website. They want to lure customers with this, bring in people and steal your Google ranking, so the question arises what to do about this. After all, you spent a lot of time on the website yourself and perhaps hired a copywriter who you have to pay. Therefore, do something about it in a timely manner and read below what you can do when your website has been copied.
Someone copied my website.
To show how easy copying is take a look at the following: with the websites mentioned on for example Dynomapper and other sites it is relatively easy to copy an entire website at once. This can be useful if you want to backup your own site. However, this manual method is hopelessly old-fashioned and it is therefore highly questionable whether such sites are often used for backups. This suggests that most visitors to Dynomapper and similar sites have bad intentions. Actually, Google should remove bad websites like this from its index. After all, the majority of website owners now use WordPress plugins for backups. And if they don’t use WP, there is still a large majority of web hosting providers that generate automatic backups or allow their customers to do this manually. All this makes sites such as Dynomapper completely unnecessary for backups.
How do you find copies of a site?
With CopyScape you can easily find copies of a site. You enter a page address and you get a nice overview of sites that have copied texts from this page somewhere on their page. This very reliable service is basically free, but you can also pay a small amount so that you can check unlimited. I myself have been using this service for years and I am very satisfied with it.
What can you do if someone else copies your website?
It is possible that someone likes your website so much, that he or she therefore removes material from it for their own use. On one hand, you can see this as a compliment, but, on the other hand, it is of course very bad that all the time and energy that you have put into the texts is now just copied by someone else. With a few clicks of a button, others have imitated your work, which you have been sweating for and what may even have cost you money, especially if you’ve outsourced the creation of the website content. If others have copied your site, it means that your online presence is no longer unique. Google may even start seeing your site as duplicate content and the other violating one as the original! Many visitors may no longer come to your site because the texts can also be seen on another website ranking higher on Google. This can cost you money and a large number of visitors. That’s why it’s definitely time to take action when people copy your creation.
If your copyrights are being violated, you can take several steps:
Contact the webmaster.
First, you can email the site’s webmaster or perhaps contact them in some other way. Often you can do this by sending an email to the address on the website, but it is also possible via a contact form if there is no email address visible. You can then explain what is going on and ask them to delete the texts. You should indicate a deadline in the email. Set the deadline to a maximum of one week unless you have good reasons to deviate from it. Also indicate which actions you will take (see below) if your request is not met soon.
Request Google removal from its index.
You can have your content copied on other sites removed from Google. In some cases this may be sufficient. Here you will find the form for this.
Ask the culprit’s web hosting company to take down the site.
You can also contact the web hosting provider. Request the hosting company to take the site down. Keep all email that you have sent to the violator, which you can then send as attachments to the web host.
Inform the Internet Service Provider.
Maybe you can find out the webmaster’s ISP and ask what they can do for you. You can indicate the current state of affairs and possibly show the e-mails sent. After all, these are on paper and serve as evidence that you may need.
Last resort: legal action.
If nothing helps at all, you can finally hire a lawyer to solve the problem. Make sure that this is a lawyer specialized in the Internet who has sufficient experience with similar cases.
“Someone copied my website” is a search term that is increasingly used by webmasters in Google and that is a bad sign. This is probably due to the fact that it is becoming increasingly difficult for website owners to find original, excellent and unique content for their sites. It is therefore time that Google makes it more difficult for copy sites and similar tools to offer their unscrupulous software.