My website has been scraped and my content has been stolen!

Linode Staff

How can we block such a thing from happening and how can I block someone who tries to pull all my data etc ?
What can I do to fix this?

1 Reply

Please Note: The following information should not be taken as legal advice, which Linode does not provide.

There is not much that can be done to prevent individuals from scraping the data from your site. However, you may be able to utilize the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) to your advantage in these types of instances.

If you notice excess traffic to your website that is effecting it's performance, it may also be worth investigating this with the abuse contact of the IP address in which the traffic is originating.

Start by identifying the host of the infringing content. You can do this by running the following commands:

This will reveal the IP address of the website:

dig +short

This will reveal the host of the IP address:

whois IPAddress

Once you have determined the host of the website and identified the abuse contact for that host, your next step should be to open a DMCA complaint with the host, as this website is infringing on your website.

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) requires that takedown notices fulfill six specific elements of notification.

1) Identify the copyrighted work(s) in question. Depending on the nature of your complaint, links to your original work may be helpful.

2) Identify the infringing material that should be removed, as well as all relevant information needed for the host to locate it.

3) Provide the host sufficient contact information to reach you regarding your complaint. Your address, telephone, and e-mail address are all acceptable.

4) Provide a statement that you, in good faith, believe that the use of this material in the manner mentioned in this complaint is not authorized by the copyright owner, their agent, or by the law.

5) Provide a statement that the information you’ve provided in this notification is accurate and under penalty of perjury that you are the owner, or are authorized to act on behalf of the owner regarding exclusive use rights that are allegedly being infringed.

6) A physical or electronic signature of the copyright owner or the person authorized to act on their behalf.

Once you have drafted a DMCA letter that meets all of these requirements, send it over to the host's abuse contact.

I hope this helps!



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