The DMCA removal process and what content a DMCA notice can remove
Here’s an interesting fact that you should think about: Revulytics recently completed a global survey and found that at least 39% of all software installed on computers around the world are pirated software. China, the United States, Iran and Russia are amongst the top countries where people pirate software, movies and other content on the internet. Pirated software alone leads to a $52.2 billion loss for the developers of software. Another interesting fact – they found that about 83% of all pirated software are unknown. In other words, people pay for software licenses, but then pirated software are installed on their computers instead.
Software companies, music artists and movie studios pay millions of dollars to produce quality items that users can enjoy or use to improve their lives. For example, a software company has to hire a team of programmers to develop the software, a team of graphic designers to come up with the visual content for the software, and a team of web developers to create an online property for the software. After launching the software, thousands of dollars are spent to “spread the word”. When people use pirated software, the software company does not receive any royalties or profit for the software, which means they start to lose money. This might mean that a future update of a useful software application is not possible, but the update could’ve significantly improved the user’s experience with the software and even made the user’s life even easier.
The DMCA Removal Process
The DMCA is an internet company that consists of numerous experts in internet law. The company has been founded to help other companies that produce original content protect their content against piracy. While this entire process can be done manually, it takes a lot of expertise and a lot of effort to perform the removal process manually. The manual process would involve the following steps:
- Searching through thousands of websites to find pirated copies of software or other content that the particular company produces.
- Once pirated copies of the company’s content are found on the internet, the content cannot be removed by the company themselves. The next step would be to perform a detailed analysis to find contact details of the company that hosts the website where the pirated content is found on.
- After contact details have been found, the company would need to contact the host or webmaster and ask that their content be removed.
- In some cases, the company wouldn’t even receive any feedback from the people they contact.
The DMCA, however, has years of experience in dealing with pirated content and internet law. The team of experts that works at the company knows exactly how to deal with cases of pirated content, and will perform all of the needed steps to get the pirated content removed from any online properties it can be found on – including the hosts where the actual download is stored at.
To submit a DMCA removal request, a company can visit the Takedowns page at the official DMCA website. They can then select the type of content that should be removed, where the content is located (the pirated version of the content) and where the original content can be found. A statement of ownership or a reason why the company needs the content to be removed should also be completed as a valid reason should be provided before the DMCA would proceed with a case. They also offer a full service takedown, which provides a company access to a team of professionals that will deal with every single matter related to the company’s issues. The professional full service takedown service also comes with a 100% money back guarantee. Should the DMCA not be able to completely remove all instances of pirated content that belongs to a client, they provide a full refund to the client.
What Type Of Content Can Be Submitted?
The DMCA declares that they work with any kind of content that can be stolen. While submitting a DMCA removal request, the client is asked what type of content they need to be removed from pirated sources. These categories of content include:
- Text – this may include a blog post or an extensive research article posted on a website.
- Pictures – this may include images that the company has designed.
- Music – this is usually music produced by a specific artist or studio.
- Video – this can include any type of video content, including pirated movies.
- Game – any type of game on any platform, including PC, PlayStation and Nintendo.
- Logos – this include the unauthorized use of a company’s logo.
- Submissions can also be made for corporate documents and other type of content that does not fall within one of these categories.
People use pirated software, games, movies, music and even documents on a frequent basis without considering the fact that by not supporting the developers of the content, they are causing a loss. In turn, this may lead to a halt in future updates – which could’ve been useful to the end user. The DMCA removal process help companies protect their content by removing any pirated copies that are found on the internet so that end users can download the pirated content.