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Filing a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) Compliant in Google

As a service provider we often find websites content being duplicated by other webmasters. We even hear from clients that they were the first to have the content but unfortunately they are ranking below the others who have actually duplicated the content. Now let us see in this post with a sample format document on how we can compliant to Google on the content being duplicated to avoid any such issues.

Identifying the Duplicate URLs: The first step in the process is to identify websites that have duplicated your content and you have various online tools to identify the same. The best choice would be CopyScape, now fetch your URL and you will get the website that have duplicated your content along with duplicate content being highlighted. Another option to find duplicate content is to copy a few words from the content and insert into Google search with double quotes. The result will fetch you the details of the website and ensure that you repeat it with various sentences from the content.

Preparing the Compliant: Once you have identified the material that you claim is infringing the copyrighted work then prepare the compliant with the details and send it to Google. The compliant must address the below points,

  1. List of copyrighted URL and infringing URL along with the copyrighted content
  2. Copyrighted images can also be included with the image name.
  3. Provide your contact information (email address preferably)
  4. Provide contact information of owner/administrator of the allegedly infringing webpage or other content (email address preferably)
  5. Include the below statement

    “I have a good faith belief that use of the copyrighted materials described above as allegedly infringing is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.

    I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in the notification is accurate and that I am the copyright owner or am authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed. “

  6. Sign the document
  7. Send the details to,Google, Inc.

    Attn: Google Legal Support, DMCA Complaints
    1600 Amphitheatre Parkway
    Mountain View, CA 94043

    OR fax to:

    (650) 963-3255, Attn: Google Legal Support, DMCA Complaints

Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) Compliant Sample Format – Google Docs

Once your details have reached Google you will receive an acknowledgment for the same and alternatively a copy of this legal notice will be sent to a third-party which may publish and/or annotate it. As such, your letter (with your personal information removed) will be forwarded to Chilling Effects (http://www.chillingeffects.org).

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