One of the top questions we’ve been asked over the years is “Is the content on my website copyrighted?”. The answer to this is, yes, there are some things in your website that will fall under the copyright protection laws. However; before accusing someone of copyright infringement violations — consult an attorney.
There’s nothing worse than spending a lot of time writing the content for your website and then finding that someone else just took it for granted that they could copy and paste what you wrote, on their site. Where some people would look at it as “WOW! I must have done a great job – so much so, that someone wanted to use it!” I look at it as just being downright unethical, unprofessional and an irresponsible act.
If you just copied your content from other websites, whether it’s all of the content or a paragraph here, and a paragraph there — you site could very well be delisted from the search engines. First off, that’s not very good practice – copying other people’s work. I’m sure you don’t do that in any other aspect of your business; so don’t start doing it on your website.
Have you ever noticed that when you search for a website, that the top websites all have one thing in common? What do you notice?
Right! They all have actual website content on the pages, not just graphics.
According to Google it’s important to have plenty of rich information that is relevant to what you do. (see Google Webmaster Guidelines)