It will be yes and no almost 20 years that I surf and write on the internet. I have created and changed several blogs as well as I have shared as many countless photos. Unfortunately, more and more often I come across duplicate content, swapped to the right and left, not only mine but also from other blogs or more or less famous newspapers. For this reason I thought it would be useful to share my experience on what to do when they copy content on the internet. Getting the copy removed promptly is very important to avoid serious penalties on both sides.
How to find out if they copied web content to us
Before understanding what to do, it is really necessary to find out if they have copied us. We may notice this simply because doing web searches we come across a duplicate article of ours. Some of our readers may have warned us. Or we could voluntarily search search engines for the exact title of our post or using our keywords.
Alternatively, we may use Google Alert or Copyscape.
The first tells us if plagiarism is present in the top twenty results using the titles of our pages or posts.
The second, by entering the URL to be checked, automatically checks whether the same text is present in other web pages besides ours. However, the number of daily searches on Copyscape is limited and to get additional services you need to switch to the paid version.
Once the copying has been found, let’s see how to proceed when we copy a content.
What to do when they copy content to us
It should be borne in mind that those who are used to copying have also become clever. In fact, it becomes increasingly difficult to discover them because they no longer simply reproduce all the even text but only a few subtly modified paragraphs. The search therefore becomes more detailed and it becomes difficult to try plagiarism to proceed with the request to remove the content.
Why request the removal of a copied text
When copy content, it is essential to come forward and immediately report the incident to those in need. Unfortunately, not everyone knows that Google penalizes every type of copied content. Not knowing what the original is, Google disadvantages and damages both in the positioning of the SERP. It is therefore from emeritus Beoti to start copying because it serves absolutely no purpose and only leads to the risk of being caught and reported.
How to behave when copying web content to us
Before doing anything let’s save a nice screenshot of everything that has been copied because we will need it. Then, ethically speaking, before proceeding with the actual reports, it is advisable to contact the owner of the offending website. We kindly advise you that you have found duplicate content by sending them both links (ours and yours) and asking for their immediate removal before reporting it directly to Google and, of course, disclosing it online also on social networks. Usually if we are kind, but firm and clear on how we will proceed, they will be careful to cancel everything. The negative feedback is known, nobody likes it. If no response arrives or is not intended to be correct, we defend our work and send the removal request directly to Google.
How to request Google to remove copied content
When copy content there is only one way to go if it is not possible to make it disappear from the SERP in any other way. By connecting to the Copyright Removal page and filling in the form inside it as accurately as possible. Again, not everyone knows that the copyright of our web space is protected by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. That is, that beautiful US law on the protection of the intellectual property of everything we publish on the internet. Once the form has been correctly completed, Google will verify the reliability of the information. If he believes there is actually a copyright infringement he will proceed with removal from the SERP or blocking its visibility by penalizing only the offending site and no longer ours too.
Important. By notifying Google of a copyright infringement, we take charge of everything that may result from it. The more serious the matter, the more one could run into real judicial measures on both sides. Therefore, without having all the evidence and information necessary to prove the truthfulness of the facts, it would be better to try to solve the problem more peacefully.
Contact hosting service
Finally, when copy content to us, if we want to remove it not only from Google’s SERP, but totally delete it from the internet, we must contact the hosting service used by the offending site. Contacting the support service and providing all the evidence will remove duplicate content.
How to defend yourself from those who copy web content
By flying over the anger, frustration, nervousness and boredom that cause us when copy content, we can begin to run for cover by defending ourselves. Many think that inserting a copyright banner is enough and you make it clear that we control. Mistaken. Those who copy have neither ethics nor morality, do not care about the law 2000/31, the European Electronic Commerce Directive, which certifies that we are the owners of copyright on any type of work we create or publish online. Imagine if they stop on a banner or an inscription placed in the footer. How to protect us? Lock the right button everywhere, how and when is a great place to start.
How to block the right mouse button on a blog or website
My personal experience? I have always advised the copiers without receiving timely replies, therefore knowing that I have all the evidence and the law on my side, I didn’t care about the ethics, immediately divulging the incident on social media and resorting to the help of Google. How did it end? Google has always proved me right by replying quickly (max 4 days) and whoever copied me disappeared from the SERP and their site was penalized in its entirety. Recommend, when they copy content to us it is important not to pretend anything and provide in all possible ways available to us.