A step-by-step guide to submitting a DMCA complaint
Google reports that approximately 366,000 websites have been affected by a DMCA complaint in the past year with as many as 922 million pages removed from the internet due to copyright issues that have been filed with the DMCA. This might seem like a ridiculously high number, but considering the fact that approximately 22% of all bandwidth used around the entire world account for piracy in some way through either downloading illegal software, streaming movies illegally or listening to pirated music online, this figure does not seem as outrageous. One way that brands, artists and companies can protect themselves from piracy is by filing DMCA complaints to get the content that is illegally shared off the internet.
Unfortunately, not every company and individual person know about the DMCA or how it works. Some people think that it may cost a lot of money, but in actuality, using the DMCA to remove pirate content from the internet is easier than many people think and costs much less than a lawyer. Another benefit is that the money is paid back to the customer if the DMCA is unable to successfully remove the content. Additionally, they work relatively fast. According to the official website of the DMCA, they usually get content removed from a site before a lawyer can even start working on a copyright infringement case.
Step 1: Detect and Collect Important Data
To file a DMCA complaint, you need evidence of where your content is being distributed without your consent. Without valid data, your case will not be handled efficiently. This is why detecting where your content is being distributed illegally prior to contacting the DMCA is a vital step. There are numerous tools that you can use to find this. For example, if you own a blog and would like to find out if anyone is copying your content, then you can use a tool like Copyscape to find sites that have similar content as yours. If you own a software company and want to determine if your software is being illegally distributed, visiting torrent sites and websites that offer “cracked software” to search for your software is a good starting point. Once you have detected pirated content, you should collect as much information as possible about the website where the content is being distributed on as well as any additional details you can find.
Step 2: Submit a DMCA Complaint
After collecting all the required evidence for your complaint, you should head over to the DMCA Takedown web page. This page provides an easy online process that simply requires you to fill out a form to submit your complaint. Note that this takedown process is basic and does not give you access to the professional team of experts that works at the DMCA.
On this page, you will be requested to provide the following information:
The type of content that you need to be removed. This can be text, pictures, music, video, games, logos, corporate documents and almost any other kind of content that has been stolen from you and is being distributed on the internet without your permission.
The URL where the content is being distributed on. This could be a link to a page that is copying your content or a link to a torrent website that offers your software for download.
The “origin” URL of the content that is being distributed. This is a link to the original page where the content first appeared. If you own a software company, you can provide a link to the landing page for your software. If you own a blog, then paste a link to the specific post on your blog that has been copied.
You are also required to submit a reason for wanting the content to be taken down. Remember that you should submit a valid reason. If you are the owner of the content that is being distributed illegally, then mention this. The more details you can provide the DMCA with, the better chance there is of getting the content removed quickly.
Finally, you need to read the confidentiality statement, agree to the statement and then submit the DMCA complaint.
Should you wish to gain access to a faster, more professional removal process, then you should also consider the DMCA professional service. The company offers a complete takedown service at the cost of $199. This cost is refundable should the company fail in getting the distributed content removed from the page where it is being shared without your permission.
You work hard to develop software and games, produce high-quality music and movies that hit the top charts of Hollywood and create unique written content that is seen by thousands of consumers. Don’t be the victim of content piracy. Ensure your content is protected by using this step-by-step guide that provides you an overview of how you can file a complaint should you find that content from your company is being distributed on the internet without your consent.