As a favour to a mutual friend, last year I met up with someone who was thinking of starting up on their own and gave them some general tips and pointers. The person in question is setting up 25 miles away and is probably not a direct threat although potentially could be.
They sent an email thanking me after the event, which was actually just wanting more information, and suggested meeting up again later in the year. I did not pursue this as I felt it was a very one sided meeting and actually didn't particularly like the person.
Fast forward to this week and I had an email a couple of days ago suggesting we meet up again and 'catch up'. I have put off replying as I'm not too keen.
So today, I saw the email in the inbox again and had another look, noting that a website had been set up. So then having a quick look, I notice that it has many many similarities to mine. The odd word has been changed but many of the marketing messages are identical, and some sentences are almost word for word.
I am rather peeved that I spent time being nice and it appears they have just copied half of my website!
So, the question is, what to do? They are registered under the same Institute as me although I wouldn't want to go that far. But a) I am not keen to meet up and b) I would like them to get rid of the blatant plagiarism from their website.