Content is king on the Internet and those who have the best most reliable content will rule the net. The problem is a lot of people don’t want to create or pay for that content to be created. So what will they do? Well they will steal it of course.
These people are known as pirates or digital thieves. They spend their time scrapping web sites for information that they can use to make money or manipulate the web for their own purposes. Now using these tools for research is great and saves time. The problem comes in when people use the content as is and don’t take the time or effort to make them their own. This is when they are classified as thieves.
So what are you to do if you find that you’re content and reused without your permission? Well in the past all you could really do was whine and cry about it and move on with your life. You could go out and hire an attorney to try and hunt down the people who stole your content but quite honestly the expense to do this would be astronomical. And even if they could track down the person who had done it, with international laws and more red tape then you could imagine the results wouldn’t be worth it.
Well now there is another solution that is getting results. It is a company called DMCA whose job it is to go out to the sites on the Internet who have your stolen content and have it taken down. Usually within a matter of 48 hours. This company will go out and have your pictures, content, videos, audio, games, blogs, graphics or any other intellectual material that was stolen taken down.
HOW THE PROCESS WORKS
It is a very simple process to get this accomplished. Let’s say you took a picture of your child at their birthday party and put the picture up on your Facebook page. Now let’s say you are surfing along and come across a website that had the same picture of your child on their site. Let’s say for a clean example a dating site. The photo is part of someone’s profile and they are saying that that was their child trying to pick up women.
Well that is not their child, they have no right to have that picture on their website and you want it down yesterday. So what are you to do? Well you can try to call the hosting provider of the website and tell them that the picture on that person’s site is not supposed to be there. The only problem is that it will be your word against theirs. You can try contacting the person through their profile, but more than likely they will just ignore or block your messages. But the most effective thing that you could do is contact DMCA and have them get it taken down for you.
TAKE THE STEPS
The first step in the process is to fill out the complaint form. This is a standard form just like hundreds that you have filled out before. They will ask you some very basic information about your claim. They will ask for your first name, last name, company name, e-mail address, location where the stolen content can be found, where it was copied from meaning your site and a description of what happened.
Then you will need to tell them what the type of content that was stolen. Was it text, pictures, music, video, game, logos, corporate docs or other? After you have filled out your information you will need to decide on what take down option you want done.
CHOOSE YOUR OPTIONS
The first option is the professional take down. With this service one of their trained staff members will take your case on from start to finish. All you will have to do is click the submit button and once your payment is received and a rep is assigned they will go to work taking down your content.
The second option is the DIY method. If you have many takedowns or if you don’t have a lot of money to pay someone to do it for you, you can use this option to get the job done.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE
Each case is different but DCMA has a large group of individuals working 24/7 on these problems. They have a 95% success rate and if for some reason they can’t remove the stolen content you get 100% of your money back.
WHAT IS IT WORTH TO PROTECT YOUR STUFF
Once your content is stolen once it can be stolen and distributed over and over again. We need companies like DCMA to fight for us and make the Internet a safe place for those who make a living creating content as well as protect your own privacy and personal information. If you work hard to create something or wish to share a special moment and put it out there for the world to enjoy it gives you a great feeling. But when someone just takes that from you and distributes it, there is no worse feeling than not being able to stop them and get that content back.
But now that we have DCMA to fight for us it feels like we have a voice, that we have a say in what others are doing to us and our content. We have someone who cares. If you ever find yourself in the position where your content is stolen and being used for purposes that it was not intended fight back. Your voice can be heard and your rights will be protected. Take a stand with DMCA!
Les take back our content one thief at a time!