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    Any copyright experts?

    Hi,

    Any copyright experts out there?

    It has recently come to our attention that another site has taken original graphics from our site. When I say 'taken', I guess I mean 'stolen'.

    We have emailed the webmaster of the site in question twice, requesting that our graphics are removed from his site. They are still there.

    The next step is presumably to have our attorney contact this person. Does anyone have any advice or comments?

    Thanks.

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    If you get no reply from the site owner you can go to the host. Explain the situation to them, clearly stating that you have had no reply despite your efforts to rectify the situation with the site owner

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    Thanks Sean, I'll try that. I believe they are hosted with register.com - will that make any difference?

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    register.com is likely the domain registrar, not the host. Registrars have very little power over website owners.

    You'll want to find the host, you can usually tell who the host is by doing a whois lookup and looking at the listed nameservers.

    Under the DMCA a host HAS to remove the site if their receive a properly formatted complaint about copyright infringement -- failure to do so opens the host up to liability.
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    You can try to send a "Cease and Desist" letter stating that the images are copyright and you are the owner of such. Giving a time frame is usually up to you, but anything less than 24 hours might not get a reply right away.

    You can start with a whois lookup at GoDaddy.com and find the host name.

    Then you will need to look up how to contact the host with Copyright Infringement details. These usually include name, content infringed upon, statements that you are the authorized representitive, signature etc.

    Once all of the required info is received by host, they can either shut the site down or remove the pages where infringed material is. Usually the former, until material is removed by the webmaster.

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    If you do a whois, there is a chance their real adress is listed (albeit it might very well be bogus) - if you send a real, signed, cease-and-desist letter, it might just scare them enough to remove the images.
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    What if the offending site is hosting its own site? I mean its a hosting co. that is infringing...

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    Quote Originally Posted by lucozade
    What if the offending site is hosting its own site? I mean its a hosting co. that is infringing...
    If they don't respond to a C&D then send an attorney after them.


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