How To Protect Your Website from Content Theft
With almost two billion websites out there in 2020, it is becoming more and more common to find your content on your competitor’s website. After spending valuable time to come up with your personalized, well-researched content, it is heartbreaking and shocking to find out others just copy-and-pasted your work and are now claiming it to be their own. But what can you do to prevent it and what are the next steps if it has already happened to you?
Here are some tips on how to deal with content appropriation:
There are options to make text-copying more difficult. Through programming language and the help of your website developer, you can display text, but make it impossible to highlight and copy.
And although there are programs that can detect letters in screenshots and turn them into usable text again, using these programming tools to disable highlight copy and paste might already be enough to deter wrongdoers.
Contact their Webhost
Sometimes even the best preparation doesn’t prevent content theft. Most webhosts have policies in place to deal with copyright infringement. Their online complaint forms will request information such as identification of the copyrighted work and proof of its misuse, the infringer’s contact information, a statement from you verifying that you did not license the use of the copyrighted work, and a statement that all the information you provided is accurate.
The webhost may then temporarily suspend the infringer’s website during investigation and may permanently disable the website should the owner deny their request to take down the copyrighted work.
Cease and Desist Letter
A useful tool in copyright infringement claims are cease and desist letters. You are basically sending a demand letter to the infringer requesting immediate cessation of copyright infringement. A cease and desist letter does not have to be sent by a lawyer, however, these letters typically have a higher chance of success if sent by a lawyer. It reminds the recipient of the serious legal repercussions involved in copyright infringement.