On the internet, you own what you create with your own efforts. If you create a video with your camera or mobile phone that becomes your content and you are the owner of that. In other example, if you create a software or tool then you are the copyright holder of that, and in very basic and simple example, if you write a blog post or article for your website that becomes your property, so no one can republish or resell your content without your permission. However, many people do it, and so you’ll have to take care of it. In this article, I’ll guide you on reporting infringed content (copied content) to the concerned web hosting company so they can take it down.
How to Find the Infringed Content?
The first thing you can do is to find the content which has been copied by someone, and he/she has published it on their blog without your permission. You can use some tools for checking duplicate copies of your content on the internet. The most popular one is copyscape.com but there are a few other as well, below is the list of free tools you can use to find duplicate content:
You can also simply copy the title of your article and search it on Google, so you’ll see how many websites have copied your content and have republished.
How to Find the Hosting of that Site?
Now you can report the content to many platforms such as Blogger, Adsense, Google and YouTube etc, that’s an easy to do thing, because you’ll just need to write on Google and the exact URL will appear to you. But the tricky part is to report the content straight to the web hosting company so they can take down the whole website. For doing this, you’ll need to find the web hosting company of that website which has copied your content.
After you find the website which has violated your copyrights, the next step is to find their web hosting details, and for this you’ll have to use different tools such as who.is, go to who.is and enter the URL of that website which breaks your copyrights, this website will give you all the details including email address and web hosting company details, now just go to that hosting company website and find the contact email for reporting DMCA claims, it might look something like DMCA@site.com.
Send Email to the Hosting Provider
Now be ready for sending them an email stating all the details of yourself as well as your work, and also let them know that one of their customers have violated your copyrights, and give them warning to remove the content as soon as possible. They will take action on this, but you’ll need to send the email in a proper format.
Here is a simple email template which you can just copy and paste into the email, and replace all the correct information with your own, send it to them and they will take action:
DMCA Take Down Request
While browsing through the web, I found that a website has infringed my copyrights, and that is hosted with your company.
I hereby request you to remove the following content immediately.
1.My Contact Info
Name: <YOUR FULL NAME>
Address: 123 Main Street, Beverly Hills, CA, USA
“<YOUR CONTENT URL>”
I am the legal copyright holder of the above work.
I have a good faith belief that the use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.
The information in this notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, I am the owner, or an agent authorized to act on behalf of the owner, of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.
<YOUR NAME>, <TODAY’S DATE>
At <YOUR CITY>, <YOUR COUNTRY>
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