Two methods to report violations of the Terms of Use of the DMCA Website Protection Badge:

  1. complete our online form www.dmca.com/submit_abuse
  2. Email DMCA.com directly protectionpro@dmca.com

Abuse examples of the DMCA Website Protection Badge would be:

  1. when the DMCA Website Protection Badge is used to protect (copyright) content, published on a webpage without the permission of the (copyright) owner
  2. when the DMCA Website Protection Badge is used to protect content which is illegal in the jurisdiction of the website owner, the content owner or the copyright owner

Who can report abuse?

As part of DMCA.com's global Protection Badge Terms of Service:

  1. content owners that find their infringed content protected by the DMCA.com Protection Badge and Certificate
  2. content owners that find the DMCA.com Protection Badge and Certificate is used on a website which is hosting content illegal in the jurisdiction of the website owner, the content owner, the copyright owner or DMCA.com
  3. internet users that find the DMCA.com Protection Badge and Certificate is used on a website which is hosting content or contains content illegal in the jurisdiction of the website owner, the content owner, the copyright owner or DMCA.com or in contravention of DMCA.com's Terms and Conditions
may request DMCA.com to contact the Protection Badge and Certificate user on their behalf. Should the Protection Badge and Certificate user not respond as per the DMCA Process, DMCA.com reserves the right to stop delivery of the certificate and mark it "unauthorized".

Abuse Reporting Process:

As part of DMCA.com's global Protection Badge Terms of Service, content owners that find their infringed content protected by the DMCA.com Protection Badge and Certificate may request DMCA.com to contact the Protection Badge and Certificate user on their behalf. Should the Protection Badge and Certificate user not respond as per the DMCA Process, DMCA.com reserves the right to stop delivery of the certificate and mark it "unauthorized".

Website users that find the DMCA.com Protection Badge and Certificate being used in contravention of the Terms and Conditions of Use of the DMCA Protection Badge may report this misuse directly directly protectionpro@dmca.com. DMCA.com shall follow up on the report of abuse and take action. This action may include directly contacting the owner of the website where the DMCA.com Protection Badge and Certificate are found to be in contravention of the Protection Badge Terms of Service. Should the owner of the website not respond DMCA.com may remove the badge or make the protection status certificate "unauthorized". Further if upon review of the website DMCA.com find the badge and status certificate to be used in contravention of the Terms and Conditions of Use of the DMCA Protection Badge DMCA.com will list the status certificate page as "unauthorized" and ban the website from further using DMCA.com services.

Other important links:

  1. Protection Badge Terms and Conditions
  2. What is the DMCA.com Website Status Page and Protection Certificate
  3. What does "Unauthorized" status mean?

Modified: 02/07/2014
Category: Frequently Asked Question
By: Mr. DMCA Helper
FAQ ID:d7fb18ac-f8ac-4b5c-9e46-91b7b1153af5