When I logged onto ww.vbkcomputers.com, I was dumbfounded, to say the least.
I could not believe my eyes. Here I was looking at our company's website. I was astonished.
I wasn't really looking at his company's website, but I was looking at a near carbon copy. From the colors and graphics to the layout and functionality, it quickly became apparent to Crisafi my staff and I that someone had stolen our website design.
It was disappointing, to say the least. Our staff has put in countless hours developing, redesigning, and continuously expanding our website, which we built from scratch, and to have someone brazenly steal your work is like getting kicked in the teeth.
Internet piracy is not limited to the theft of copyrighted materials such as songs, movies, and software, but it includes the piracy of website designs, graphics, content, and even search engine optimization threads. Typically, such piracy occurs abroad where so-called website designers, developers, and search engine optimization experts offer rock-bottom prices because the truth is, many are stealing the property of legitimate designers.
This is why at dzine it we never outsource our work to foreign countries, because it puts our clients at risk. Although the computer retailer that has our design is likely unaware that it was stolen, we are going to everything in our power to stop them from using our design. As a result, their business will likely suffer and we have too much respect for our clients to put them in that sort of danger.
The real loser, however, is the individual whose material has been stolen, particularly when it comes to their search engine ranking. Major search engines actually look for duplicate content, both on the front and back end of websites. When they find duplicate content, they penalize the sites as trying to 'trick' the system for better search engine ranking.
Yet it's not just the web development companies, like www.eflash.in, the company who took credit for the pirated dzine it site, that are at fault. Using hosting firms that are located overseas can also be detrimental to your site as well. Most hosting firms located in the United States, have strict rules about hosting pirated websites.
When we contact atjeu.com their answer was they could not see the theft. It's scary to host your website with companies like atjeu.com as they may allow your site files to readily be stolen or duplicated.
We are still waiting response from Network Solutions and The planet in regards to these crooks
Be sure to have your site designed and developed here in the United States and don't be afraid to ask your web design firm to give you assurances, in writing, that they will not outsource your project. It is for your own protection and for the protection of your business.