Hi AJ and thanks for looking at this.
Yes, we have proof in terms of publication times being logged at our site and the author names are ***** ***** at the head of our articles.
Unfortunately it's particularly UK media outlets that are frequently utilising our original work and translations, although this particularly from the PA and the fact they're profiting from it, I find staggering.
All information and content published is securely backed up and stored at our web hosts, so providing solid evidence of original authorship isn't a problem. We use WordPress to publish to the site, which also documents original publication times.
In terms of frequency, I would estimate that our work has been copied, duplicated or plagiarised, hundreds if not thousands of times over the last couple of years, therefore as I'm sure you'll appreciate, it's difficult for our small editorial team to keep on top of.
The following is just one example of an article syndicated by PA to ESPN today:
These are the original translations published at ISF yesterday:
Whilst they have cited the club websites as the sources, neither actually publish in English and the translations are exact copies from those we (or myself in this particular example as author) have produced at ISF
In addition and coincidentally I may add, along with being Co-Owner and Chief Editor of ISF, I am also the International Communications Manager for Granada CF, who feature in this article.
Whilst this is one example incident, there are literally countless others. If PA are producing (as in this instance) a pre-match preview article for syndication (to ESPN and others) for each of the ten matches every weekend in La Liga, utilising quotes that we have translated, obviously you can imagine the quantity of our translations they have already utilised and will for the remainder of the season.
In addition to this, there are countless news articles they syndicate to possibly hundreds of media outlets internationally, which also feature our translations and/or content. Without knowing how much they sell syndication rights for, it's difficult to place a monetary value on this. Particularly relating to Press Association and the volume of our work they are copying, it's difficult to place a value exactly on how much they will have made, but at a guess, I would certainly estimate it to be in the thousands of pounds region.
As mentioned, being a widely recognised and respected originating source of Spanish football news, numerous leading media outlets cite our publication/website without any problems or issue, having sought permission directly with us. Obviously when an organisation such as PA is profiting from usage of our content, without permission or agreement, we need to get it nipped in the bud, or be compensated accordingly.
If you can recommend a specialist law firm, perhaps based in the UK, as this is where many of the problems are originating from with media outlets, I would welcome your suggestions. Clearly this is a matter we need to resolve swiftly, as well as taking on board any changes we need to make as an organisation, in order to protect our work.
Thank you for your advice AJ.
The main revenue stream for our site is indeed advertising based at present, although obviously the CPM value for each article can fluctuate quite significantly.
AP have been in contact since we last spoke and insist that they will investigate the matter thoroughly, with me having set a deadline for their full response of next Monday. I have made it clear to them that from this point onwards, they should cease any further use of our content (which will lead to us taking legal action if they continue to do so), or alternatively, to reach a mutually beneficial agreement regarding the syndication of content from our site.
Hopefully, the latter will be the way forward, as obviously collaboration is far preferable to conflict. In the meantime though and following your advice, I have noted all the points you have raised and recommended, plus I have shortlisted suitable law firms based in the UK, from the Law Society website, should we need to proceed further.