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I told him by facebook and email to remove it before I take legal action, 24 hours ago. Still no response.
A-one Cars Chelmsford
FAO: Directors and Owners of Fareway Taxi
I have noticed you have recently copied our advert of a job post from indeed.com and created another advert using our text on indeed.com and on your Facebook wall.
This is a copyright infringement, content taken without consent from the owner, A1 Cars & Happicabs. I therefore kindly request to remove our text before I take any further legal action.
You have 48 hours (31st October 2013 - 11:30pm) to remove this content from all websites that you have posted our copy of the job advert.
Business Manager A1 Cars & Happicabs Chelmsford [email protected]
The above shows the email I sent the person and the facebook message. I hope there is enough information for you, could I take legal action? what are the approximate costs and procedures for doing this? Where do I go to report this?
You technically do not own the copyright to this - the website does.
So if you post it on indeed.com - they own the text and copyright as you would have created an account and agreed to their terms and conditions. It would therefore be for indeed.com to issue any claim against the Company concerned. Therefore you should contact them and invite them to consider taking the matter further as this would not cost you anything.
However in any event assuming that it was your own website, you would need to show that this was confusingly similar to your own text and customers would be confused between you and them.
Generally people do rip of ads from each other, you only need to go onto recruitment websites to see the same ad posted on each one.
If it was something that was published, like a book or something people would have to pay for then you would have a stronger case to sue for breach of copyright.
But this is just an ad inviting people to apply for a job - therefore it would be very hard to establish that there is copyright here.
That is why you should alert indeed.com and invite them to take action.
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