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wektech
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« on: January 02, 2012, 09:42:00 AM »

I was looking around for copied content and found a local franchise of a major chain had copied one of my pages and some other content word for word from my site. They even copied  links to my pages that use google maps api for finding various locations.  Street addresses and local landmarks around here often result wildly inaccurate results, so I spent a lot of time inputting manual coordinates for these locations. Should I just enjoy the backlinks or take some sort of action?
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« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2012, 10:37:09 AM »

Unless you feel that the backlinks generate enough additional traffic to your site to make the copyright violation worth any losses to you (net: an increase in your business), I would report it to the chain's headquarters, preferably with something that sounds like your lawyer is involved, and get the local franchisee thoroughly spanked. Just make sure that you aren't in the wrong by (mis)using their trademarks, etc. If you were pointing to their stores or something, they might claim that; but if you were just pointing out local landmarks and points of interest, they're clearly in the wrong. I would start at the top so that the franchisee can't wiggle and evade your direct complaint.
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« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2012, 10:03:05 PM »

Realistically, as a browser of many websites. I would come across a page thank is linked to another page on another website with identical content as spammers...

So in that matter the page rank of the site that duplicated your content doesn't really matter because anyone that visits that site and follows a link to yours more than likely will not seek our services from either sites. I would definitely suggest contacting the franchise headquarters and the owner of the website and if possible seeking legal action because this will actually hurt your business more than help your websites SERP.

In the future I would suggest looking into content copyrighting.
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« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2012, 06:29:05 AM »

In the future I would suggest looking into content copyrighting.

All content is implicitly copyrighted as soon as it's published. However, it never hurts to explicitly add a copyright statement.
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