Is your copyright being infringed on this website? I can help.
I use digital material in good-faith on this website — trying to give back credit to the legal owners most of the times (when I can locate them).
The Digital Millennium Copyright Act – often called ‘the DMCA’ — is a law which helps copyright holders have their infringed content removed fast. The DMCA Act provides web hosts, search engines and other internet services “safe harbor” from copyright infringement claims. In return, these companies are required to act quickly to remove infringing material when properly notified.
Anyone can file a DMCA notice. Enter your details and I’ll immediately take down your copyrighted content or give you credit with a link back to your work.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is the DMCA?
The Digital Millenium Copyright Act is a US law intended to protect the rights of copyright holders whose work is being infringed online.
What a ‘DMCA takedown notice’ (AKA a DMCA request)?
A DMCA takedown notice is a notification to a company, usually a web host, a search engine or an individual that they are either hosting or linking to copyright-infringing material.
It provides them notice to remove the copyrighted works. Web hosts are required to remove or disable access to the material, while search engines have to stop linking to it. Same applies to individual websites.
Can I issue a DMCA takedown myself?
Yes, you can. However, DMCA has strict requirements that must be met for the notice to be valid, such as making sure the notice is sent to the correct party to be actioned, in this case to me, Vasilis, directly.
What copyrighted material can be removed with a DMCA notice?
All types of copyrighted content can be removed, including:
- Text (including Word. Doc documents, plain text etc)
- Video (including MPG, AVI, RM, MOV, Quicktime, Windows Media Player, RealPlayer)
- Music & audio (including MP3, MP4, MIDI, WMA, WAV)
- Images, pictures & photos (Including JPG / JPEG, GIF, PNG, PSD & more)
- MySpace / FaceBook pictures
Provided the content can be copyrighted and that copyright is infringed online, it can be removed using a DMCA request.
I’m not based in the US. Can I still use a DMCA notice?
Absolutely. What’s important is where the server is located, rather than where you are based. So long as the server is in a country that has a notice and takedown system, including the United States and any EU country, you can file a DMCA notice.
When does a DMCA notice not help?
Sadly, there are some cases where the DMCA can not help. The most common are:
- Copyright is not being infringed
- The site infringing your copyright is not hosted in a notice and takedown country
In the second case, you can file a DMCA takedown with search engines instead.
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