If site was copied

Started by mark-taylor, Jan 04, 2023, 01:05 AM

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1) What should I do if my site was copied and placed on a similar domain? Why they do it?
 Competitors, domain merchants?


Unfortunately, such an occurrence is not uncommon. Competitors may copy your site in an attempt to steal your customers, or domain merchants may use your content to create fake sites. In both cases, this is an illegal action.

If your site has been copied, the first step should be to contact legal authorities. You can also file a complaint with the hosting provider where the fake site is located. It is important to act quickly and effectively to protect your rights and interests.

2) And what can you show them? Do you have a confirmed intellectual property right to the design? Or the layout code? Maybe you copied it from somewhere in the same way?
Or did you buy it on one exchange or from one developer who sells such a site to everyone for $ 3? Maybe your content has a confirmed ownership right? Yes, you can write in the basement that all the rights to the text belong to your site. And they will have it written that all rights to this text belong to their web site.
Will you be able to prove your rights to the site in any way at all?

What can you present as evidence to support your claim? Do you have a confirmed patent right to the design or layout code, or did you obtain it through copying? Alternatively, did you purchase it on an online marketplace or from a developer who sells such sites to anyone for $3? Does your website's content have a verified ownership right?

While you can add a statement in the footer of your website claiming ownership of your content, the infringing party may do the same, stating that the rights to the same content belong to their website. It is necessary to be able to prove ownership rights to your website in a verifiable way by obtaining licenses or copyrights. It is essential to take legal action to protect your intellectual property rights against infringement.


I have two similar cases in my memory, both around four years old.

The first case involved individuals who copied our website design, placed it on a hаcked third-party server, and attached programs requiring payment via SMS for installation, which our legitimate programs did not require. We discovered this after receiving a complaint from a potential user who provided us with a link. We tracked down the contacts of the domain owner via whois, contacted them, and ultimately had the fake site taken down in a matter of hours.

In the second case, there were several small offices in a town that catered to local business clients through city advertising and local newspapers. One office wanted to attract more customers, so they created their own website, which was unique and useful. This led to positive feedback and competitors taking notice and creating their own websites as well. However, one competitor decided to cut costs by creating their website on narod.ru and using content from someone else's site but changing only the contact details. The content was removed within a day after the original content owner expressed dissatisfaction with the contact number from that site.

It is essential to protect your website by monitoring its use and taking action against those who infringe upon your intellectual property rights. In some cases, such infringement may be unintentional due to a lack of knowledge of ownership rights. However, violations of intellectual property rights can lead to legal disputes and must be addressed promptly.


If you are not interested in suing, consider writing a free-form letter to the infringer stating that their site is violating your exclusive rights and demanding that they stop the violation. You may also mention that you will seek legal counsel if they do not comply.

To find the contact information for the owner of the site, check the footer as it typically lists their details. If you are unable to find the owner's contact information, you can try reaching out to the online store associated with the website by email or social media platforms. Many websites even have chat functionalities which can be used to communicate with the owners.

Taking action against infringement requires persistence and attention to detail. It is important to take the necessary steps to protect and defend your intellectual property rights to avoid further violations.