Practice Management — 12 September 2019
What To Do When Someone Tries To Steal Your Website

Having a website is an important part of building a legal practice — or any other kind of business that depends on a core demographic. Theft has become an increasingly common word for website owners in 2019, but there are multiple kinds of theft: domain theft and content theft are two of the most likely that an operator might experience.

Domain theft occurs when someone makes a mistake on the backend and either allows the domain to expire or fails to put into place the necessary security precautions to prevent someone from taking control of the website. The thieves can then change sign-in credentials, delete the website, and replace it with their own.

Content theft is exactly what it sounds like: someone duplicates your content through blatant plagiarism. It’s important to note that content theft is hard to prove when the content in question has merely been recycled; especially when a content creator links to the source, i.e. your website. The Internet works a lot differently than traditional publishing mediums, and it’s important you know that before you set out to sue someone for theft.

If someone steals your content (i.e. reproduces it without your express permission), then you have a few options. Traditionally, your first step means contacting the owner of the site where the content was duplicated. Sometimes writers are separate from website owners, and this theft will have occurred without his or her knowledge. Other times, the website owner will know about the theft but decide to cooperate and take down the offending content anyway.

Alternatively, you can contact either the web host or Google. The web host may decide to remove the content or not, but to increase the chance of justice being done the easy way, you’ll want to take pictures of your content and provide side-by-side comparisons with theirs. If all else fails, contacting Google will let the search engines know the content belongs to your website.

Domain theft is sometimes called domain squatting, because the criminal’s idea is usually to grab it when you let the name expire, and then sell it back to you for a profit. Unfortunately for you, keeping the domain current is your responsibility, and buying an expired domain name is hardly against the law. If you copyrighted the website name or content, you can file suit to get it back. 

The Ceja Law Firm specializes in theft, DWI, Drug Crimes, various other criminal charges, and conducting investigations into criminal matters. If you are a resident in the greater Houston area and have been charged with a crime, then you require the best defense. Call the law firm for a consultation right now: visit website.

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