We recently launched the paid version of our country specific Access Control Lists. Today I started doing some follow up and research on how we were doing. After doing a search on a major search engine I noticed that a company we had not authorized to use our logos or data from the countryipblocks.net website was showing up on the first page of the search results.
After clicking the link I then noticed they were importing the entire countryipblocks.net website (at least the portions that they could get to) into their website without our permission. We consider this a personal affront to the hard work we put in to the development of Country IP BLocks over the past few years.
We checked our server logs and sure enough, when their page is visited they retrieve content from our website. Per our logs:
The copyrights are clearly visible on our website, and having our website, data, shopping cart, etc., appear in another website is more than disconcerting. So we took some action.Code:[15/Apr/2012:13:28:31 -0400] "GET / HTTP/1.1" 302 216 "http://genesissystem.com/cm/index.php?option=com_wrapper&view=wrapper&Itemid=118" "Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; rv:11.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/11.0"
You can see the evidence, including screencaps here https://www.countryipblocks.net/alle...ight-violation
(not to admins, if you prefer that I don't link to the page with the data and images, please let me know if I can post it all here. We think it will be a help to to others.)
Frankly, we believe that the import and embedding of copyrighted content into any website, without permission AND proper attribution is a violation of copyright laws. We plan on pursuing the matter. Is there anyone here who has experienced blatant copyright violations? How did you proceed? We have contacted Google, and will file the info with the FBI tomorrow and then consider an attorney.
Any other recommendations?