What information will you need from me when I make a DMCA Takedown claim?

There is a few main pieces of information that we will need from you when you make your DMCA claim. If anything else is required our DMCA.com takedown specialists will let you know right away.

  1. Your name.
  2. Email address.
  3. A link to the infringing website that is using your stolen content.
  4. A link to the your (the origin) webpage OR the source of the original or copyrighted content.
  5. Explanation of the copyright infringement - be as specific as possible.
  6. Authorization providing DMCA.com to proceed with Copyright Takedown Action as an agent acting on your behalf.


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DMCA Fast Tip

Most often we can have your stolen copyrighted content down within 24-48 hours. The average takedown time frame is within 10 business days.


What do I need to file a DMCA Takedown Notice?

Three main pieces of information are needed to get started filing a DMCA Takedown Notice:

1. Infringing URL

Infringing URL

Where on the internet (or platform like Facebook or TikTok) is your stolen content located? What is the link that you want the content removed from? Be sure to provide the URL or website/webpage link of the content you want removed. If the stolen content is an image or video located on a website provide the direct link of the content contained in the site. Copy and paste the infringing text, or provide the URL of the infringing image if required.

An example link would look like: https://www.badguy_site.com/webpage/image_2

Source URL

2. Source URL

Where was your content located when it was stolen? Was it on you social media profile like Facebook or Reddit? Was it from your own website? Provide the exact URL where it was stolen from, even if the content has already been removed from it's original location. The original URL is still valuable to the notice. If it was not online you can reference cell phone, computer, or camera etc. If it was online such as a website or cloud storage provide the link to the exact page it was stolen from. You can upload the original content to a cloud storage service and provide that URL with an expalanation of where it was originally stolen from.

An example link would look like: https://share.icloud.com/photos/my_original_content

3. Description of Ownership

Description of Ownership

What is the content owner's name and how was the content stolen? How is this content yours? How do you own it? Did you create it, buy it, copyright it? Who is claiming ownership of the content? Who is authorized to file the DMCA Takedown? When did you create the content and when was the content stolen?

An example description would sound like: "My photo I took of myself on my camera was stolen from my Google Drive and was posted on this website without my knowledge and I would like it removed."

If you are unsure how to collect the information for these three categories the Professional Takedown Team at DMCA.com can help with the answers. Click here to ask us about your situation.


What other information should I provide?

Depending on your takedown case you may be required to provide additional information:

  • Are you asking for removal of many infringements? This type of request means that you have to show your original content URL matched to the infringing content URL side by side for each infringement you would like removed so the host or website site owner can see the exact comparison. We cannot expect the infringing site or their host to guess which content is yours, you are making the claim so you must show exactly what you want removed or it will not be removed.
  • Are you asking for removal of an entire website? When your entire website has been copied it is sometimes not enough to only provide the main page URLs to ask for removal. The host needs to see side by side comparisons of portions of your site that have been copied, as well as a clear description stating that the request is for removal of the entire infringing website and why that request is being made.
  • Are you asking for removal of an entire profile? Similar to an entire website removal request the main profile URLs are not always enough for the website owner or host to process the removal. They need to see the exact comparisons side by side of what was stolen, as well as a clear description that the request is for removal of the entire profile.


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    How long does it take to complete the DMCA Takedown claim form?

    Submitting the takedown form is easy! This takes around 3 minutes on average. Once you complete the initial submission your case is forwarded to our professional takedown team for review. You can login right away to see the progress of your notice and to add any additional information if you need. There is a comment section where you can ask questions, and if the takedown team has questions regarding your notice they will reach out in the comment section to let you know. Your takedown form may take extra time depending on if you have many infringements to list, or if you have questions prior to your notice being filed. Be sure to update the comment section right away to let your case worker know if you need extra time or assistance.

    How long until my content is removed after submitting the DMCA Takedown claim?

    Content removal time frame varies depending on many factors. Most often we can have your stolen copyrighted content down within 24-48 hours.

    We can help you get your content removed and answer any questions you may have. Click here to submit the takedown form and get started Takedown Form

    Are there exceptions to the average time frame?

    The average takedown time frame is within 10 business days. However, there are some instances where takedown can take up to 8 weeks or longer. How is it the takedown time can take longer than normal.

    Common exceptions that can take additional time for takedown include:

    1. if the OSP/ISP does not follow standard DMCA policy or accepted takedown procedures
    2. if the OSP/ISP is located outside the USA
    3. if the OSP/ISP allows the website owner 72 hours to remove content
    4. if the website owner delays takedown through process with the ISP/OSP


    What countries can I use a DMCA Takedown claim?

    While the DMCA is part of USA Copyright Law. The DMCA Takedown process described within the law is widely used throughout the world. Most countries accept the standard DMCA Takedown Notice form and process. Although the DMCA Takedown is part of US Copyright law, a DMCA Takedown Notice is often used and accepted throughout the world and not exclusive to the United States. However, many countries have their own copyright laws specifically related to the removal of content from internet service providers and site owners within their borders. Which service providers do and do not accept the standard DMCA takedown notice form and process is dynamic and constantly changing. DMCA.com professionals are aware of these constant changes and are able to convert the information submitted through the standard DMCA Takedown signup form to suit specific countries and/or service providers within the legal process they require.


    Does a website need to use the DMCA in order to process my DMCA claim?

    No. If a website does not clearly state they follow DMCA you can still process a DMCA Takedown Notice to remove your stolen content. There can be many reasons a website does not reference the DMCA directly.


    How can I know if a website uses DMCA?

    If a website uses the DMCA they will usually place a reference in the footer of the website. The clickthrough should clearly state the conditions of the DMCA Takedown process. Many websites reference the DMCA.com Takedown Notice form on this website directly. If you are unsure or the website unclear, click here to complete your takedown request: DMCA Takedown Form. Our professional team will connect your takedown request to the right website.


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