How to deal with fake DMCA claims?
A competitor is copy-pasting our content onto his blog and then filing DMCA against us on Google. Yes we can file a counter-notice and have that restored, and we're doing that.
But the problem is that we're concerned he may start filing these fake DMCAs against us on our hosting. Our hosting told us that per Linode's terms once you get a DMCA you must remove the content for 10 days regardless of the fact that the copyright claim is honest or dishonest.
I told them, that this competitor could technically attack every single page of our website and have all our pages removed in this way, which is the physical equivalent of throwing a bomb to someone's shop. The hosting said there's nothing they can do about it and to seek legal advice. Our lawyer is stuck on the idea of filing counter-notices which anyway will cause our content to be offline for 10-14 days with potential de-indexation issues from search engines and ranking loss.
I want to prepare myself in case this happens. One option I am thinking is to buy a offshore server, and in case this happens, migrate our website there.
Anybody has any idea or what I can do to protect my company from this and minimize disruptions in case of such attack?
Needless to say the attacker is hiding himself under fake names, cloudflare, fake details, etc.