Approaching the Thieves

How to approach copyright thieves, or those who misrepresent you and/or your career.

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*** If you are dealing with any of the companies listed on page 1, you would be advised to skip straight ahead to action number 8 ***

*** You may wish to check this site - https://www.lumendatabase.org  Type in the infringing sites URL and you will have access to how many people/companies have made complaints against them.  You can add this information as you wish eg; covering letters to hosts, information for your Lawyer ***

 

1) Assuming the site has a contact button, you are best advised to send a polite email in the first instance, as immediate legal demands often bring forth a very uncouth response.  It would laughably seem that manners are of the utmost importance among the criminal elements.

 

2) If after seven days, you have received no response, you may wish to move onto stage two.  I would caution you not to wait too long, because you will find that this is an insurmountable problem, for which most laws are mere 'lip service'.  Send them a Cease and Desist Notice and/or a DMCA.  You are probably better to send both, along with your initial contact, as a covering letter:

Example DMCA: http://www.ipwatchdog.com/2009/07/06/sample-dmca-take-down-letter/id=4501

Example Cease and Desist Notice: https://nppa.org/sites/default/files/cease_and_desist_sample.pdf

You will need to send this email to ALL KNOWN contacts, because while a site may not respond, their host very often does.

 

a) Copy and paste the web site address here: http://domainwhitepages.com and then copy and paste all the contacts to your email

b) Copy and paste the web site address here: http://www.kloth.net/services/nslookup.php and then copy the IP you are given

c) IF the site is associated with Ripe, copy the IP into the box marked 'How to Find Abuse Contacts' and it will reveal a contact to you:  https://www.ripe.net/support/abuse and/or copy the IP into the box and search and then copy and paste all the contacts to your email from this site: https://whois.arin.net

d) Purely to be thorough, check the infringing site for a contact email and if there is one, add that too

 

3) Meanwhile - you can have the sites delisted from search engines - 

https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/dmca-dashboard

https://www.microsoft.com/info/cpyrtInfrg.aspx

https://policies.yahoo.com/us/en/yahoo/ip/index.htm

 

4) If the matter is one of misrepresentation and you live in Europe, you might have the link removed from listings under the 'European Right to be Forgotten':

https://io.help.yahoo.com/contact/index?y=PROD_SRCH&token=w5FCchB1dWGbc2RE0kcjij0u65u86GoeqUkmqtTbcuO%252BLU%252FUQgc3BzwNZtXp6XEXn5YwJ6Wu6A9MCYnw7SzQy5BySKiGUpoj0xug9Sr7JfZdSQjOyA5v2Of2mZTMotlsehDS1xQqu1g%253D&locale=en_GB&page=contactform&selectedChannel=email-icon&isVip=false

https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/legal-removal-request?complaint_type=rtbf&visit_id=1-636282374930673542-1966441460&hl=en&rd=1

https://www.bing.com/webmaster/tools/eu-privacy-request

 

5) Many sites, whose business is spam or malware, will simply use your name for erroneous, ridiculous purposes.  If this is the case, you might consider registering your name as a trademark, whereupon you can follow the same steps but with the argument being 'trademark infringement', rather than 'copyright infringement':

https://www.gov.uk/how-to-register-a-trade-mark/what-you-can-and-cant-register

 

6) If you get something removed by the site, or the host, send it here, to be removed from the listings:

https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/removals

https://www.bing.com/webmaster/tools/content-removal

If the Bing form won't accept your link, you can try here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/concern/bing

 

7) If after the date you have given, which should be no less than a week and no more than a month, your situation is not resolved, you could leave reviews on their site, in some cases, or at:

https://www.scamadviser.com

https://uk.trustpilot.com

 

8) If you still have no resolution to your issue you might consider hiring a hacker:

https://www.hackersvision.com/

or a Lawyer:

http://www.mayowynnebaxter.co.uk/sectors/media-and-creative-industries

or bring the case yourself:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/take-a-case-to-the-intellectual-property-enterprise-court