Writing a DMCA Letter is easy, but there are steps to take for preparing and sending the letter.
The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) was passed in 1998 as a way to help protect digital content. In this article you’re going to see the exact email that I sent to have my content removed from a website that only copy/pastes other people’s blog content. I will remove the persons contact information from the text, however as I write this, it is publicly accessible in the whois.
I woke up this morning with seven blog trackback notifications. All from one domain. Right off the bat I knew that was bad news. Trackbacks are not terrible, but it seven from seven domains would make more sense.
Steps for creating a DMCA Letter
- Step 1: Do a WHOIS of the domain to find the host, registrar and owner’s information
- Step 2: Take screenshots of the whois information, and the DMCA content
- Step 3: Search the host and registrar’s websites for their legal/DMCA department’s contact information
- Step 4: Draft an email (use my text below and then modify it) to the domain, registrar and owner’s email address. Make sure you include the DMCA links and your original content’s links
- Step 5: BCC yourself because it can’t hurt
- Step 6: Attach all the screenshots that you have captured
- Step 7: Send and wait a couple of days. Some hosts and registrars state a specific amount of time before they will get to the DMCA letter. If you receive no reply after that time, you can take it to the next step.
Some people might say that there is no need to send the DMCA letter to the owner or registrar. They might say you only need to send it to the website host. In my opinion, you’re better to send it to everyone involved as you will have a quicker chance of removal of the DMCA content.
Any questions? Below is my email to the most recent aggregating domain. In addition to blocking the owner’s email address, I am removing links because I do not want to link to the domain. I will not be sharing all the screenshots either because there really is no point to post those in this article.
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DMCA Letter Template
Dear Sir or Madam:
A website hosted by your company on publishing system having the host name NS1.LUNARIFFIC.COM, infringes upon our exclusive rights in a number of copyrighted works. The copyrighted work at issue are the scripts that appear where you publish and have been published without authorization at the URL and IP address indicated.
The above referenced URLs provide, without authorization, the ability to download copyrighted works produced and owned by me, Scott Wyden Kivowitz. Below, please find details regarding the infringing URL, and original URL for each of these copyrighted works.
Offending URLs: http://dandydslr.com/create-your-photography-story
Owners (my) URLs: http://scottwyden.com/create-your-photography-story/
All of the listed infringements were observed on April 12, 2011 at 6:11 AM EST
Please remove the referenced material from your service at once, and take other appropriate action against the account holder to prevent future infringement.
Pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, this letter serves as actual notice of infringement in the event of legal proceedings. I have a good faith belief that use of the copyrighted material described above on the allegedly infringing web pages 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.
Please contact me promptly to confirm the action you have taken.
put your contact information here
WHOIS information for dandydslr.com :
[Redirected to whois.tucows.com]
owner’s contact information was here
Domain name: DANDYDSLR.COM
owner’s contact information was here
Administrator, System email@example.com
1360 N. Hancock St.
Anaheim, CA 92807
Registrar of Record: TUCOWS, INC.
Record last updated on 11-Apr-2011.
Record expires on 11-Apr-2012.
Record created on 11-Apr-2011.
Registrar Domain Name Help Center:
Domain servers in listed order:
The Data in the Tucows Registrar WHOIS database is provided to you by Tucows
for information purposes only, and may be used to assist you in obtaining
information about or related to a domain name’s registration record.
Tucows makes this information available “as is,” and does not guarantee its
By submitting a WHOIS query, you agree that you will use this data only for
lawful purposes and that, under no circumstances will you use this data to:
a) allow, enable, or otherwise support the transmission by e-mail,
telephone, or facsimile of mass, unsolicited, commercial advertising or
solicitations to entities other than the data recipient’s own existing
customers; or (b) enable high volume, automated, electronic processes that
send queries or data to the systems of any Registry Operator or
ICANN-Accredited registrar, except as reasonably necessary to register
domain names or modify existing registrations.
The compilation, repackaging, dissemination or other use of this Data is
expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Tucows.
Tucows reserves the right to terminate your access to the Tucows WHOIS
database in its sole discretion, including without limitation, for excessive
querying of the WHOIS database or for failure to otherwise abide by this
Tucows reserves the right to modify these terms at any time.
By submitting this query, you agree to abide by these terms.
NOTE: THE WHOIS DATABASE IS A CONTACT DATABASE ONLY. LACK OF A DOMAIN
RECORD DOES NOT SIGNIFY DOMAIN AVAILABILITY.