Online plagiarism is rampant. Some folks just rip off your entire site look. Others just steal your content.
What to do?
First, there are ways to root out the thieves: Cut-and-paste a sentence from your web site into the search box on Google or Yahoo. I do that regularly with the first sentence of my corporate site, PortentInteractive.com. I did it this morning, and voila, the second listing is a rip off of my site: Here’s the Google search result.
Ekrupa? Who the heck is that?
Well, whoever they are, I don’t like it. So my next steps are:
1. Send a polite but firm note to the web site owner.
2. Notify Google of the site using this form.
3. Notify Yahoo using this form.
If all else fails, I’ll call a lawyer. I haven’t had to do that yet, though.