Originally Posted by Doug Stormforce
What would you do if someone had ripped of your website? I am not talking one or two lines of text I am talking a substantial amount of the text on the site and some of the layout
Clearly this is a breach of copyright and I have plenty proof that I wrote and therefore own the material.
What would you do?
I had a legal battle a few years ago regarding a similar matter with a marketing client. I outsourced some copywriting to a "professional copywriter" only to find that he had copied 87% of my client's competitor's website which was totally unacceptable. With this case the website text never went live but we took legal action but it was an expensive fight and one that was settled out of court in the end as they put their hands up. We didn't use them again!
My advice to you is much what other people have said, document any communications, take screen prints of you website and theirs including page content and HTML title tags, descriptions etc. If you do take legal action you will need as much information as possible but I suggest you write a letter to say that you are aware of the copyright infringement and give them a deadline to remove it. If they do not respond to it then seek legal advice, I suggest you CC your solicitor in on the initial letter (this won't cost you anything but having a CC with a solicitor firms name normally gets people's attention and shows you mean business!).
One thing you may want to look at/invest in is brand names for specific training elements. These could then be trademarked to protect your business. Unfortunately cases involving passing off and copyright infringement are expensive and long winded and I personally think the Government should offer more support to help SMEs protect their interests.
Your business is all about quality of training and reputation, I would personally focus on investing in a referral scheme or customer retention marketing with the view to creating more business from existing clients (who know who you are and how good you are) rather than spending a lot of money on a legal fight.
Hope this helps.