Copyright Infringement – Protecting Your Copyrighted Material Online



Copyright Infringement InfographicWikopedia Definition: Copyright is a legal concept, enacted by most governments, giving the creator of an original work exclusive rights to it, usually for a limited time.

One type of copyright infringement occurs when someone copies all or part of a copyrighted work without permission. Copyright material may include literary works, images, videos, music, etc.

If you feel that your rights as a copyright owner have been violated, you can try to contact the offender first and see if you can settle the copyright infringement between yourselves. If the party you have to deal with is not overly co-operative or doesn’t have contact info readily available, there are other steps that you can take to deal with a copyright issue. If an agreement can’t be reached between the two parties involved, then you may have to take your case to court and have them settle it.

Although your original work is protected by copyright laws, guarding your copyrighted material is your responsibility.

In this article I will show you how to report a copyright infringement online.

Reporting a Copyright Infringement to a Website Owner’s Hosting Company

If you find your work on another person’s website you can first try to contact the owner of the website directly to try and resolve the issue. To find out a website owner’s contact info visit Whois. Type the person’s website address into the space provided and click on Go.

If the website owner’s contact details are not visible after you do a search for their domain name, scroll down to the bottom of the page (before the footer) where you will see:

For complete domain details go to:

(a link to detailed info for that domain name will be here).

Click on the link to view more details. If the owner of the website has set their info to private then the contact info of the hosting company is visible instead of the website owner’s contact info.

Contacting the Hosting Company

When contact info isn’t available, you will have to contact the hosting company. You can find out the name of the hosting company by using a service such as Who Is HostingThis . Just type the domain name (website address of the person whose hosting company you would like to find) in the search box and click on Search. You will then be able to view the name of the hosting company for that domain.

To report a copyright issue to the hosting company you will have to find the DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act)info for the hosting company, usually found by clicking on a link called Legal at the bottom of the hosting company’s home page. After you click on Legal, scroll down until you find the link for either the DMCA info or Trademark and/or Copyright infringement. Follow the hosting company’s instructions for how to file a copyright claim. You may have to wait for up to a few days for a response, but usually only about 24 hours, as long as you don’t put your report in on the weekend.

Make sure that the information you submit is complete (according to the hosting company’s instructions) or the hosting company cannot proceed with your claim and may drop your case altogether. If you have followed the instructions properly and submitted all of the info they asked for, the hosting company will then review your submitted information and either remove or disable the infringed material.

Note: The other party will be notified of your claim and will then have a chance to put in a counter-claim. If this happens, you will be notified immediately.



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