A lot of people around the world seem to think that this is okay, but it is not. It is still content theft unless you get permission from the author. Copyright notices are posted on sites for a reason.
Originally Posted by budhi1976
With syndicated articles, Matt Cutts encourages "links" (not credits) back to an original article so that their spiders can determine who the original author is. With new articles, sometimes it is hard to tell who wrote it. Some of the major online news organizations are starting to aggressively go after sites that publish their articles without permission.
I've been working with SEO for 12 years and I am still amazed about how many people always steal content, never write original content, and then wonder why their sites never rank well. Google, Yahoo and MSN all penalize pages with duplicated content. It is the only way to prevent content pirates from commandeering all of the top ranking positions.
This sometimes works, but it the third step that I take because some hosting companies never respond to complaints.
Originally Posted by extreme-seo
The first step is to contact the site owner (if you can) and inform them of the violation, then give them 24 hours to remove the stolen content. Threaten to report them to Google, Yahoo and MSN for a DMCA violation if they do not. That is a huge threat for anyone trying to make money on the web using stolen content, but there are some content thieves who just do not care.
The second step it to follow through and file the reports if the owner does not comply.
The third step is to contact their hosting company with proof of the copyright violation.
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