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Several years ago one of my main real
estate websites was plagiarized word for word and pasted on another agents real
estate website in my area. The plagiarism was complete from text and even all my
meta tags, titles, and meta description. I first noticed the offense by a
noticeable drop in business, fewer inquiries, less unique visitors, and an
immediate drop in business. As I researched the events as they were unfolding I
found the offending sites. Yes that is right sites. There were 5 identical
sites. When I contacted the agent that was the offender, I was told to buzz off!
His broker had no idea what was going on and did not know even which way to
proceed. I was amazed at how no one seemed to understand that if it is not your
original materials, you cannot use it! It is that simple. We finally came to a
resolve where the copied data would be corrected, it was too late the damage was
already done. MSN, YAHOO, AlltheWeb banned my sites as mirror sites. These are
sites that would appear as clones of one another, and the primary purpose is to
gain dominant web position. It isn’t allowed. So not only did the offending
agent manage to take my sites down, his position rose for a few months until his
black hat Search Engine Optimization did himself in. My cost? That year we lost
over 120K in income, and I had to create a circumvented solution to gain web
position on my other sites to pull up some slack. The other item that I could
not get corrected was the banned situation. I was permanently banned from MSN
for 4 years, and Yahoo until this week. I actually re-contacted YAHOO last
week and asked for a review of my site for compliance, and explained the
circumstances. Even though I went through the motions with them in the past,
this is the first time they listened. I contacted them again when they did not
respond back, and then finally received the response that my site had passed the
review and would be re-included in the YAHOO search. This is a full 5 years
later and as we speak my content is just being reposted. That is what they
mean when they say permanently banned!
When I think about it in retrospect, I would do things differently. I would have
a trademark and intellectual property Attorney that specializes in Copyright
protection to notify the offending party with a demand to cease and desist. I
would then ask that all materials be removed within a pre-determined timeframe.
If they complied here, that is the end of the story; if they did not immediately
comply I would proceed to sue the agent, the Principle Broker and corporate
franchise. Since and agent is literally an agent of the broker, then the broker
is liable for the activities of the agent. Most states have a requirement that
all advertising is subject first to a broker review before the agent uses it.
Since a real estate franchise also operates under a license from a corporate
identity, the misuse of copyrighted materials of another franchise, and their
intellectual property I’m sure are good grounds to proceed against them legally
I’ve tried to get the National Association of Realtors involved with changing
the Code of Ethics for several years now, and they do not seem to understand the
issues at hand. They did incorporate some of my recommendations into the new
revised Code of Ethics earlier this year, but avoided making any amendments that
had to deal with plagiarism, and copyright law. Since it is the number one
complaint I am contacted for…I think it is time for them to revisit the issues.
Disclaimer: ActiveRain Corp. does not necessarily endorse the real estate agents, loan officers and brokers listed on this site. These real estate profiles, blogs and blog entries are provided here as a courtesy to our visitors to help them make an informed decision when buying or selling a house. ActiveRain Corp. takes no responsibility for the content in these profiles, that are written by the members of this community.