Internet Copyright Infringement By Foreigner Lawyers

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Posting information on the internet can have great benefits, but unfortunately, it can also have disadvantages. One such disadvantage is having your website content copied by another website, especially if the one responsible is not in the U.S. You have limited remedies if your site is copied by a foreign person or corporation.

What Can I Do If My Wedsite Is Copied By A Foreigner?

Unfortunately, there are few remedies if this occurs. U.S. copyright law does not extend outside of the U.S. and so you cannot rely on U.S. copyright law to protect you from an infringer in a foreign country. Here are a few steps that you can take.

Determine if the ISP hosting the site is a U.S. corporation. 

If this is the case, then you should contact the ISP  with proof that your copyrighted material is being hosted on a site without your permission. ISP's are likely to remove the copyrighted materials from their servers and may even remove the entire site to avoid possible liability.

Send a cease and desist letter to the infringer.
 

You may try to find the infringer and send him a cease and desist letter stating that you are willing to take legal action if the infringing material is not removed and stating a deadline for this action.

Be prepared to start legal action in the country in which the infringer resides.

The presence of a website with your copyrighted material may adversely affect your income or even affect your search engine ratings. It may be worth the expense to do all you can to stop an infringer. In this case, you may need to travel to the country where the infringer resides or hire an attorney from that country to work with you to pursue this matter.

Do I Need A Copyright or Internet Attorney?
 

An experienced attorney will be able to advise you on how you can most effectively deal with a copyright infringer from a foreign country.  Your cease and desist letter as well as any communication with an ISP may also be more effective tools if sent by an attorney. Copyright law can be quite complex, but an experienced copyright or internet attorney will be able to educate you about your rights and determine your best options for resolving your copyright infringement issues.

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Last Modified: 06-04-2009 11:50 AM PDT

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