Free external tools related to DMCA and Copyright

important! Grab your list of downloads URLs before reporting copyright infringement to Google.

In order to report to Google's Web Search alleged copyright infringement you just have to fill in Google's official report online form.

Google's team will remove all the reported URLs from it's search results. It generally takes a few days.

A DMCA Takedown Notice must follow some specific guidelines:

  • Identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed and information reasonably sufficient to permit the service provider to locate the material.
  • Information reasonably sufficient to permit the service provider to contact the complaining party, such as an address, telephone number and email address
  • A statement that the complaining party has a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.
  • A statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that the complaining party is authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.

Provided the notification complies with the requirements of Section 512, the online service provider must expeditiously remove or disable access to the allegedly infringing material, otherwise the provider loses its safe harbour and is exposed to possible liability.Following this the online service provider must take reasonable steps to promptly notify the alleged infringer of the action.

If there is a counter notification from the alleged infringer, the online service provider must then promptly notify the claiming party of the individual's objection.If the copyright owner does not bring a lawsuit in district court within 14 days, the service provider is then required to restore the material to its location on its network.If the service provider receives a counter notice claiming that the material does not infringe copyrights, the service provider must also comply with requirements set out in Section 512, including:

  • The subscriber's name, address, phone number and physical or electronic signature.
  • Identification of the material and its location before removal.
  • A statement under penalty of perjury that the material was removed by mistake or misidentification.
  • Subscriber consent to local federal court jurisdiction, or if overseas, to an appropriate judicial body.

If the court determines that the copyright owner misrepresented the claim of copyright infringement, the copyright owner becomes liable for any damages that resulted to the online service provider from the improper removal of the material.The online service provider is also required to appropriately respond to "repeat infringers", including termination of online accounts. On this basis online service providers may insert clauses into user service agreements which allow them to terminate or disable user accounts following repeat infringement of copyright. Identification of "repeat infringer" may occur through repeated notice and takedown requests, while other online service provider require a determination by a court.

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