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Inform webmaster your material should be removed from their website within a certain time frame, I chose 48 hours, or you will take following action:
1. Contact their web hosting company and inform them of webmaster’s abuse. A WHOIS search (e.g. http://www.whois.sc) can reveal plenty of information about a particular website, including hosting information and also contact details of individual or company that registered website.
A personal introduction, for example, ‘Dear Mr Smith’, is very effective when making first contact to combat plagiarism, especially if this information is not readily available on ‘Contact’ section of offending website!
2. In case offending webmaster does not take prospect of above action seriously then you should also clearly state you intend to file a notice of Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DCMA) infringement with search engines such as Google and Yahoo.
This action can potentially ruin a web business as search engines take a dim view of plagiarism and can remove an offending site from their search results should an infringement claim be justified.
You can also point out that you can prove your website is originator of copy by using Internet Archive (http://web.archive.org/).
These simple procedures should be enough to persuade an offending webmaster to remove your material without need for legal action which can be a long, drawn out and expensive process.
© 2005 David Walker
David Walker is the Managing Director of Magic Hat Ltd (http://www.magichatltd.co.uk), a company which provides webmasters with a range of brand new sports, gambling and entertainment affiliate programmes to promote.