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    I saw someone else had a question on this topic (and was too new to start a new thread), so I thought I would post this as I also have a question on the topic. I too ran copyscape and found a couple of companies using some of our front page word for word. Is this something worth pursuing (our site is www.cedarlimo.com)?

    The one company doesn't have our stuff on their website, but uses our stuff on their ads on other sites.

    http://www.copyscape.com/?q=http%3A%....cedarlimo.com
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    Thanks, cedarlimo for creating this topic. Let me re-post my copyright problem:

    I'm not a web designer, so to create a good website was a real challenge for me. However, I have a designer background, so I set my bar really high. It took me couple of months of photoshopping and coding. After 2 times redesigning and re-coding, I finally launched the website. I was really happy with the result.

    I launched the website around 6 months ago, also did marketing and seo. My website was ranked on the first page of google in couple of competitive keywords. I put A LOT of time, effort and health to achieve that.

    Let's skip 6 months. A couple of days ago, I came across Copyscape, obviously put in my url. To my surprise I found EXACTLY the same looking website of another limo company, with same content, ALMOST same images, (just a lil adjusted), same layout, using my html, css and php!!! The only difference is the company name and location. (I'm from Chicago, they are from Miami) They even stole my idea of a star in the logo.

    So I call these guys and after complaining, they hang up on me. I call again - hang up again. Then, someone finally picks up, and some EXTREMELY rude guy tells me to F**k *ff 20 times and hangs up again.

    I attached a print screen of my website and a print screen of their website, (just blurred their company name). If you compare the "printscreens", you probably won't even see a difference at first, that's how similar their website is to mine. It's just ridiculous and really upsetting that my whole work is abused in such a way.

    What should my further steps be? Any advice?
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    That is ridiculous! I would talk to a copyright lawyer who can surely help you. You are losing your originality, google may penalize you (still not to clear on that but I think they will) and they are stealing all your hard work! I would make some offer consisting of some ridiculous sum of money to license out my design and if they decline tell them it must be down in 24 hours or they will be hearing from my attorney.

    One of three things would happen:
    I would be happy making the large sum of money off my design since they are pretty far away and chances are no one would ever notice
    The site is taken down
    I sue for; my time and labor, damages, attorney fees, and whatever else is allowed.
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    I actually just checked copyscape again a couple days ago and found about 5 companies stealing my text word for word. Honestly I don't think it's anything worth going after, sure they are wrong... but your time could be used doing something more important and the reality of it is they really aren't hurting you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cvclubs View Post
    That is ridiculous! I would talk to a copyright lawyer who can surely help you. You are losing your originality, google may penalize you (still not to clear on that but I think they will) and all your hard work for nothing! I would make some offer consisting of some ridiculous sum of money to license out my design and if they decline tell them it must be down in 24 hours or they will be hearing from my attorney.

    One of three things would happen:
    I would be happy making the large sum of money off my design since they are pretty far away and chances are no one would ever notice
    The site is taken down
    I sue for; my time and labor, damages, attorney fees, and whatever else is allowed.
    Do you think some dirtbag companies that need to copy other websites text are even worth going after in court? It will just be a big waste of money. As far as the google penalty what will happen is whichever site has authority (the one with the most juice on google, most likely the original site) will be indexed and the ones who copy might get penalized for duplicate content.

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    Quote Originally Posted by William Johnson View Post
    What should my further steps be? Any advice?
    Based on what you've detailed, I'd just be flattered and move on.
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    At least you don't have people copying in your same town and county.
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    Looks to me that you copied them....?? Copyright 2010 All rights reserved Action Limousine


    http://www.copyscape.com/view.php?o=41427&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.partybusdetroi t.com%2F&t=1314999050&s=http%3A%2F%2Fhoustonpartyb usrentals.com%2F&w=82&i=1&r=10



    Quote Originally Posted by brandon1 View Post
    I actually just checked copyscape again a couple days ago and found about 5 companies stealing my text word for word. Honestly I don't think it's anything worth going after, sure they are wrong... but your time could be used doing something more important and the reality of it is they really aren't hurting you.
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    Actually....you both copied from the "House of Bounce" 2006

    http://www.copyscape.com/?q=http%3A%...Fpartybus.htm+

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    true that!

    Quote Originally Posted by karl View Post
    based on what you've detailed, i'd just be flattered and move on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cedar Mill Limousine View Post
    I saw someone else had a question on this topic (and was too new to start a new thread), so I thought I would post this as I also have a question on the topic. I too ran copyscape and found a couple of companies using some of our front page word for word. Is this something worth pursuing (our site is www.cedarlimo.com)?

    The one company doesn't have our stuff on their website, but uses our stuff on their ads on other sites.

    http://www.copyscape.com/?q=http%3A%....cedarlimo.com
    Did you file any copyright paperwork for your website?
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    It's a waste of time if you cannot prove a direct loss of income by them copying your stuff, slandering you and whatever else these lowlife dirt bags do to try to make a quick buck off you. Got a judgement against a competitor for basically the same crap and was not awarded any compensation because we had huge growth/revenue throughout that time period. We just worked harder to combat their garbage and refused to roll over. It's like being shot in the head and taking yourself to the hospital and saving your own life and then the court says there was no crime because you didn't die. Bunch of crap, but hey, the best revenge is beating them and NOT sinking to their level to compete.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChiTownPartyBus View Post
    Actually....you both copied from the "House of Bounce" 2006

    http://www.copyscape.com/?q=http%3A%...Fpartybus.htm+
    And I can put in a copyright of 1776 in my page with very little ease. Knowing Brandon, he didn't copy it and was likely the other way around.
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    But if you really want to do something about it, I suggest threatening to file a suit against their web designer if the have one or the company that's hosting their site. That's how we got the copy of our website shut down. The competitor said F**k you and google was no help along with the domain resellers. Nobody wants to do squat. So threaten the person who has nothing to gain by keeping the site published, but has something to lose(time and money). They do not want the headache for a few bucks of hosting fees.
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