Step 1. Create Terms of Use and Disclaimers

Take the help of a professional attorney to create terms of use and disclaimers. Please avoid to copy another website’s terms of use and disclaimers. This often end up with a disaster. I know this sounds stupid but often webmasters to reduce expense or lack of legal knowledge end up with a poor written terms of use and disclaimers.

As a small business owner you need to think for unnecessary and future problems. You need to save your hard work. Terms of use explains that no one can modify, use, copy, reproduce, sell and distribute your content without your permission. Whereas, disclaimers protect you from liabilities. Assume using your advice someone harm themselves. Legally you need to protect yourself not getting sued.

Step 2. Register Your Copyright

Whenever you publish a content on your website, it’s your property. To bring a lawsuit for copyright infringement you have to register your site with the U.S. Copyright office. This cost around $55 but brings lots of peace.

Sounds interesting? You can register on the U.S. Copyright registration portal now. Visit here.

Step 3. Contact Directly

When you find someone is copying your content send them a direct email. Request them to stop copying your content or request them to mention your site’s name or give you backlink. You should be clear with your goal. Give them a timeline and keep the tone of the email as polite.

If sending an email doesn’t work, then you need send a formal cease and desist letter.
You need to hire a lawyer for drafting this letter. The tone of this letter will be heavier than the earlier mail. Give a timeline of 72 hours and include copyright registration number (mentioned in previous step).

Try to explain them, how severe crime they did. Show your generosity, that still with proper communication the problem can be solved, else the result will be bad for him. So, rather than wasting time and cost it’s wise to solve the problem at this stage and move on.

Step 4. Use the DMCA

As we all know that, to make a website, blog live one have to use hosting platforms (examples: Godaddy, Hostgator etc). Fortunately, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act or DMCA helps the content owner to send notice and takedown request directly to those hosting platforms. You can read more about DMCA here.

Using the WHOIS information you can gather information about the web host and the owner. In some cases you’ll not able to find owner’s information but don’t worry. You just need to know the hosting company’s name and you will get it. That’s it!

You can contact the hosting company and using the DMCA you can able to send notice or take down the content.

So, be positive. logical and proactive with your approach. You will find a solution.

Over to you

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Disclaimer: This article is just for educational purpose. No intention to provide legal advice.