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Copyright infringement of website content
#1
Here's an interesting, not entirely hypothetical situation. Supposing you had reason to believe an archaeological 'unit' had directly copied a whole load of blurb from various other archaeological companies websites - the stuff about what we do, what an evaluation is, the importance of early consultation, all that sort of thing. Not only that but perhaps also using photographs from projects that are not their own (I'm not saying the photos are someone else's copyright, although they could be, but that the site was probably run by another company).

What would be the best approach to flag up this disgraceful behaviour? Contact the companies whose material has been copied (presumably without permission)? Name and shame on this forum? Tell BAJR? Tell the person responsible for the copyright infringement? Hope that they read about the subject on this forum, realise the error of their ways and change or remove the copied material? I am hoping the latter.
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#2
tell the company whose work has been stolen
If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about answers
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#3
Contact the dubious website and point out that some of their content appears to be copied from elsewhere. They will either hold their hands up (probably saying something about a work experience placement or subcontractor who may have cut corners) or else brazen it out, at which point you should let the source websites know.
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#4
Perhaps I should have done this as a survey and gone with the most votes!
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#5
Tell the company who's copyright has been enfringed . There may be an agreement between the two companies so what looks like enfringment may be perfectly OK ( probably not though Wink)
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#6
Unless they are talking about going in with the hover-digger, there's a limit to how you can describe what you do or the importance of early consultation. As for what an evaluation is; have they not just cribbed the description from the IfA Standard and Guidance?

if it's more blatant thaen i agree with pointing it out to the originator. It's not your job to arbitrate between the two.
D. Vader
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#7
Seeing as everyone involved is an archaeologist surely the best course of action is to 'get medieval on their ass.'
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#8
Sith Wrote:Unless they are talking about going in with the hover-digger, there's a limit to how you can describe what you do or the importance of early consultation. As for what an evaluation is; have they not just cribbed the description from the IfA Standard and Guidance?

if it's more blatant thaen i agree with pointing it out to the originator. It's not your job to arbitrate between the two.


I think the first part of that is slightly missing the point, but thanks all the same. There is indeed a limit, which makes the incredible similarity (or should I say identical) remarkable in just a couple of paragraphs. Maybe they are both just copied directly from the IfA, I will have to check.
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#9
Looking at the IfA page it doesn't seem to have been copied from that (although clearly lots of people do, although I would have thought that was fair enough to some degree) so it does appear to be a case of it having been lifted from one webpage and put on another.
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#10
Having had this isue as well, the first thing to do is contact the company whose photos (that is more serious) have been used. I would be happy to do that for you... as has been said, they may have used stock images.

That said... I am now uber careful about credit and attribution... everything belongs to someone

I am very used to people, er... borrowing... and the same goes for information.

Let us know if you want me to take it forward
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