Everybody knows that building a quality website costs time and money. Well, there are people who think that it doesn’t have to be that way and instead of creating their own site with their own ideas they just simply steal your website with complete content and publish under their name!
I didn’t know this was really happening up until one day when we received a notification from one of our user who informed us that someone posted a project on Freelancer.com website with this following job description (from 27 May 2013):
I Need A Full Lottery Web Site Done Right, Off Of Another Site
Bid wisely as you are taking and making from another site on web. It will look the same way as the other site, but grammer will change and the member’s area will change as well!
Web Site you will copy from is this url: http://www.beatlottery.net/
#1 Must be able to write a great sales pitch page on the front, as we will tell you what to say, but you will just write it up in a great way to sell the site. As we will tell you all the stuff to say and you just rewrite it in a better way to sell it
#2 site will be based on the powerball for lottery only, for right now
#3 Member’s will be able to sign up on the site.
#4 I have over millions of combinations of numbers and when they sign up to be member, the program will pick from my list of numbers for each member, or I will give them the set of numbers depending on how many set of numbers they will want to have or I determine how many set of numbers they get from the program. Each member, when they sign up has to sign a confidentiality contract from the site on the set of combinations they get. They will also sign a contract or check mark that they will never use the combination of numbers we give them ever again! We will supply the contracts for you on the site, so it make it easy for you.
#5 If you look at the site we want to copy, we will be taking alot off the front page of the site, due to only doing the powerball system, so you will have to do less on making this site.
#6 We must be able to e-mail the members inside the site, see how many member’s there are and there must be a counter ticker on the front page showing how many people signed up as well! We must see which combinations or set of numbers each member has, as this is very important and so is the system inside the site.
#7 Remember, we will supply you with everything you need, you need to just make the site work and copy the design from the site and we will work together on this and you make sure the member’s area works very well and it has to be flawless ,as there is no room for mistake when giving our member’s a set of combinations of number.
#8 Also, when my set of numbers hit for the powerball which we have a 99.9% hit rate each month, it must show when the last time a member would of hit with all are combinations of numbers. Must show on the front of the page or have a link connecting and showing that they would of hit a set of numbers on a certain day as well and past months as well, as we supply all this information and you just add it into the site, but then after site is done we can add into the site for showing the winning numbers!
#9 Also very important in the member’s area. When they also sign up they have to give a full detail of name, address, phone,this must be a must and we have to approve there profile 1st before we give them a set of numbers or the program gives them the numbers that I supply for the site for a member. This is important.
#10 you must be able to talk to us on the phone why working on this site, so we make it clear to each other and what we want done on the site.
#11 We must be able to charge with paypal and clickbank on the site as well, we already have a paypal acoount and a clickbank account as well, so you must be able to set this up, when we are ready to set this end up. This will be the last thing we set up on the site, as you will set all this up after the site is complete, but we might now do this, as we are still deciding on this on.
#12 We must make it clear as this is a agreement for the member, as if the member hits the 1 million, then they have to split the winnings half in half with us after they pay taxes, we get half the winnings of the 1 million winning numbers.
#13 Remember, you are copy the url site above that we have shown you, so make it work like that site as well in the front of site.
Wow! That was a surprise! So we are really getting so popular that people are now trying to copy us? Is this a good or bad news? I decided it was a good news with bad intentions so I contacted the person posting that job request. To my surprise he replied back and asked us for some kind of cooperation in building his “lottery system”. After brief explanation it was clear to me that his system has nothing to do with improving the odds to win but he’s trying purely to get thousands of people to play his numbers and in case someone wins would have to give him 50% share. What a “great” idea indeed! I would like to see that person who would sign up for this and would be willing to spend tons of money by playing some random numbers.
Anyway, I asked him to remove the post and also emailed to Freelancer.com and reported this. After few days they removed the post and blocked this user. However, I noticed that he managed to award the project to some developer in India who promised him to copy our website for him. Few months passed and I didn’t bother checking on this “thief” until today when I noticed someone posting tweets about us. So I’ve checked who was it and it pointed me to this website – LotterySystem.net.
To my surprise I saw something very familiar to our website homepage, can you spot the difference?
LotterySystem.net – Homepage
(screenshot taken on 25 August 2013)
It didn’t take much time to notice that the 2nd site looks utterly unprofessional and his designer from India didn’t do a good job to try duplicating our site to at least some decent quality. He didn’t even bother to change our social icons – look at that Twitter button “Follow @BeatLottery“. Why bother!
I’ve looked at some other pages and guess what – same result!
LotterySystem.net – How to win the lottery page
This looks to be the exact copy – I didn’t include the whole page but here we are. And there’s more:
LotterySystem.net – PowerBall
And there’s more pages but I am not going to post them all here.
So who is this guy? At first I thought I’m not going to reveal his name but then on the 2nd thought and for the benefit of all potentially ripped off people, his name is Greg A Thompson (or at least that’s the name he told me). Doing quick WhoIs on his phony website revealed that it’s registered privately but on his site he’s saying something about MSA — Matt’s Script Archive, Inc., a corporation formed under the laws of the State of Colorado. Doing quick Google check it pointed me to some scripts site and also Wiki article but under different name. Maybe he already copied that one too? I don’t know.
So this guy basically doesn’t realise that any copy/duplication of our (or anyone) website, including source code to full functionality and graphics is in violation of the copyright and therefore illegal.
Greg, I think you need some education in this matter so let me tell you what we did about it:
There are couple of ways anyone can report violation of their copyright.
Removing Content From Google
First thing we went to Google and reported copyright infringement.
Here’s the direct link for Google: https://support.google.com/legal/troubleshooter/1114905?rd=2
Google is quite good in this and blocking this user shouldn’t be a problem.
GO DADDY TRADEMARK/COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT
Quick WhoIs check (http://www.whois.com/whois/lotterysystem.net) showed us that the domain is registered by GoDaddy so we contacted them and reported copyright infringement.
As they state here: https://www.godaddy.com/agreements/showdoc.aspx?pageid=TRADMARK_COPY
“GoDaddy.com, LLC (“Go Daddy”) supports the protection of intellectual property. Whether you are the holder of a trademark, service mark, or copyright, Go Daddy is committed to helping you protect your legal rights.”
There are also other options but for now we believe that that’s enough.
Lesson learned – don’t let anyone steal your website but take a stand and do something about it!
I really hope that this guy won’t get away with what he has done and will pay a price!
His system is a scam and I urge everyone staying away from his LotterySystem.net site which is completely and happily stolen from us!
If you have similar experience, please let us and other people know by posting a comment or sending us an email.
If you are looking for a true winning lottery system, I suggest you look at these 2 sites we developed to truly help people increase their chances to win the jackpot:
How to win PowerBall, Mega Millions and Hot Lotto
How to win UK Lotto, EuroMillions, ThunderBall, Health Lottery and Irish Lotto
After a week I got a response from GoDaddy:
“Thank you for contacting Go Daddy’s Copyright Claims Department. We have suspended the site in question pending a resolution of this matter. Please allow up to 30 minutes for these changes to take effect. “
Great news! So they really care about copyright ownership and take quick action about persons violating this policy. Now going to their site I can see a much better looking screen: