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Theft of my Content

Discussion in 'Webmaster Detectives' started by Webzcas, Nov 25, 2005.

    Nov 25, 2005
  1. Webzcas

    Webzcas Winter is Coming!

    Occupation:
    Webmaster
    Location:
    Block S25, South Stand, Ashton Gate, BS3
    This affiliate You must register/login in order to see the link. has copied a large chunk of the content on my home page.

    In addition he is passing himself off as an ecogra accredited casino site - WTF!!!!!!- I have contacted Andrew from ecogra about this!!

    I also phoned up in New Zealand the webmaster about this just now after doing a whois lookup. He was very surprised to hear from me. Came up with the usual bullshit, I was just trying things out blah blah blah. But then said he wasn't near a computer to remove my content from his site at this moment in time.

    This really pisses me off.
     
  2. Nov 25, 2005
  3. Webzcas

    Webzcas Winter is Coming!

    Occupation:
    Webmaster
    Location:
    Block S25, South Stand, Ashton Gate, BS3
    Looks like the phone call has done the trick. Home page now showing under construction. But the google cache will show you exactly what he did.

    You must register/login in order to see the link.
     
  4. Nov 25, 2005
  5. Casinomeister

    Casinomeister Forum Cheermeister Staff Member

    Occupation:
    Homemaker
    Location:
    Bierland
    eCOGRA Certified Site
    eCOGRA's Players Seal of Approval is awarded to MetroCityCasino.com which has achieved compliance with eCOGRA's high standards and demonstrated that: blah blah blah.

    This webmaster should have every affiliate account terminated - especially the eCOGRA casinos. I hate people like this -- leeching off of other's hard work. What an a-hole.
     
  6. Nov 25, 2005
  7. dominique

    dominique Dormant account

    Occupation:
    webmistress
    Location:
    The Boonies
    This is so brazen, it's unbelievable.

    Or could it be someone who has no idea who is who and what is what in this industry?

    Jeez!
     
  8. Nov 25, 2005
  9. Casinomeister

    Casinomeister Forum Cheermeister Staff Member

    Occupation:
    Homemaker
    Location:
    Bierland
    These sort of webmasters know exactly what they are doing, especially with the eCOGRA statement. They just figure most people are too stupid to catch them in the act of thievery.
     
  10. Nov 25, 2005
  11. dominique

    dominique Dormant account

    Occupation:
    webmistress
    Location:
    The Boonies
    Yeah, you're right.

    No excuses for this one, really. :eek2:
     
  12. Nov 26, 2005
  13. Webzcas

    Webzcas Winter is Coming!

    Occupation:
    Webmaster
    Location:
    Block S25, South Stand, Ashton Gate, BS3
    This webmaster in question knew exactly what he was doing. Makes you wonder though how many sites are pulling these kind of stunts off. I'm sure for every one site uncovered there are 5 more sites that you don't know about.

    Kudos to MoneyMechanic and Fortune Affiliates though as they are firing off emails to the webmaster concerned warning them of their conduct regards lifting of my site's content.

    Also Andrew Beveridge at eCOGRA is keeping an eye on the site and will be taking action against the webmaster concerned, should it come back up online still purporting to be an accredited eCOGRA Casino Site.

    Not only can a webmaster stealing another site's content adversely affect the search engine rankings of the victim site. These types of webmasters do not care about where they send their visitors, as they obviously have not done any research or work off their own back.

    In addition passing themselves off as an eCOGRA accredited casino site is not only damaging to eCOGRA but is misleading to any visitor that hits that site.

    Hence whenever I find a site of mine targetted by these types of webmasters, I pull out all the stops to ensure the content is removed pronto. I also ensure they are named and shamed.
     
  14. Nov 26, 2005
  15. dominique

    dominique Dormant account

    Occupation:
    webmistress
    Location:
    The Boonies
    It's sad that it has come to this.

    One has to waste one's time hunting down copycats and other, even more unsavory characters.
     
  16. Nov 27, 2005
  17. pokeraddict

    pokeraddict Webmaster

    Occupation:
    Pro Poker Player
    Location:
    Las Vegas
    I, like may others, have fallen victim to this a few times. Two weeks ago someone copied my FAQ word for word and spammed every advertiser on my page. After a few exchanges he agreed to take it down claiming "its my brothers site" and just a few days later it reappeared and he went and spammed every advertiser on my site again. Luckily most of the advertisers will not touch that site due to spam and the copyright issue. Many of them have been the victim of this same type of theft and can relate. At least my content is gone off of his site now.

    The owner of the site, although apologetic at one point, was unhappy that I had discussed his content theft with my advertisers and sent me some nasty emails and now my IP is banned from his site.

    There needs to be some sort of organization to get involved in this right away. In the rakeback community there is a push but not only do all gambling sites need this, all websites period do. I have wasted many days in the last year protecting my obvious copyrights and obviously should not have to do this.
     
  18. Nov 27, 2005
  19. dominique

    dominique Dormant account

    Occupation:
    webmistress
    Location:
    The Boonies
    I agree. I can see us all cooperating on something like this.

    I should check with my lawyer - maybe we can form a group - the more members the lower the fee for legal protection.

    Or did you have something different in mind?
     
  20. Nov 27, 2005
  21. Webzcas

    Webzcas Winter is Coming!

    Occupation:
    Webmaster
    Location:
    Block S25, South Stand, Ashton Gate, BS3
    Dom sounds like a great idea. I for one would be very interested in being part of it.
     

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