By Freddy Mayhew, Press Gazette, June 3, 2021
Website duplication, in which content is lifted wholesale from a website and hosted elsewhere without permission, could be costing UK news publishers millions in lost revenue and resources.
It’s a problem that appears to be growing, but one which many news publishers may be unaware is affecting them.
While some news outfits complain about their stories being “ripped off” when they appear in rival titles without sufficient credit, website duplication takes copyright theft to a more serious level.
One national newsbrand, which Press Gazette has been asked not to name, had its entire website cloned and hosted at a web address that was just one letter different from the original website. The fake site, which Press Gazette has seen in an image, could easily have been mistaken for the real thing.