Further to my post about copyright infringement by itravelNZ … Yuri Volna (owner of itravelNZ) advised our solicitor that a ‘contractor’ provided itravelNZ with content from thecuriouskiwi. Our request for the name and contact details of the alleged contractor was met with silence, leading us to believe that our content may well have been taken by itravelNZ’s Content Manager rather than a contractor.
We were advised by our solicitor that we would likely win a case in the High Court against itravelNZ given the copyright infringement evidence we can provide. During this process itravelNZ would be required to identify the alleged contractor or provide the source of our content. The question for us is do we want to spend the money needed to take action in the High Court? For others it may be whether there are shonky contractors out there? I note that itravelNZ have not reinstated any of the 36 cafe listings they removed in November that appear in our unusual cafe guide, so one shonky contractor / content provider may have been stopped.
P.S. By chance I found a Pinterest page that had used our content. I contacted the Pinterest account holder’s employer in the travel industry and the Pinterest page was removed. It seems those with Russian connections like our content.