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A DMCA Takedown does not always require the content to be copyrighted in order to process a takedown notice and for the content to be taken down by the website owner or OSP.


What should when I receive fake DMCA Takedown Notices?

A DMCA Takedown is when content is removed from a website or internet platform at the request of the owner of the content. The DMCA Takedown is a well established and accepted internet standard followed by website owners and internet service providers everywhere.

Any owner of content has the right to process a takedown notice against a website owner and/or an Online Service Provider (e.g. ISP, hosting company etc.) if the content owner's property is found online without their permission.

If you receive a DMCA Takedown notice the first step is to remove the listed infringed content. If you believe the DMCA Notice to be false you can respond with a DMCA Counter Notice. Once the service provider (ISP/OSP) has received a valid DMCA Counter Notice/Counterclaim they must wait 10-14 days before they re-activate or allow access to the claimed infringing content. Unless the copyright owner (complainant) files a order in court against the infringing site owner, the defendant (ISP / OSP subscriber) and demonstrates the order to the ISP/OSP.

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What should I look for to spot a fake DMCA Takedown Notice?

Three main pieces of information are needed in each DMCA Takedown Notice, check that this information is provided to confirm the ligitimacy of the claim:

1. Infringing/Stolen URL(s)

Where on the internet or platform is the claimed stolen content located? What is the link that is asked for removal? Be sure the notices includes the URL or website/webpage link of the content that is asked for removal.

An example link would look like:

2. Source/Original URL(s)

Where is it claimed the content stolen from? Was it on a social media profile, or was it from a website? The notice must 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 is not currently available online it may reference cell phone, computer, or camera etc.

An example link would look like:

3. Description of Theft

Who is claiming ownership of the content? Was it created, purchased, or copyrighted? What is the content owner's name and how was the content stolen? Who is authorized to file the DMCA Takedown? When was the content created 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."

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Who would send a fake DMCA Takedown Notice?

  1. content creators/owners
  2. copyright owners
  3. content publishers or distributors (with permission of the content or copyright owners)
  4. NFT owners
  5. code writers and publishers
  6. social media users and participants
  7. subject contained within the content and published without permission (special considerations may be required)

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What kind of sites receive fake DMCA Takedown Notices?

Infringing content is taken down from many different websites and platforms. Here some examples:

  1. by the by the ISP or Hosting company of the website that is publishing the infringing content. This occurs because the website owner has not voluntarily complied with a DMCA Notice and the ISP or Hosting company must comply with the Takedown notice.
  2. when an infringing website is taken down or taken "offline" by it's ISP or Hosting company. This occurs because the website owner does not voluntarily comply with a Takedown notice as described above.
  3. by the website owner, upon receipt of a DMCA Takedown Notice from the website owner's ISP / Hosting company. This would occur when ISP / Hosting company receives a notice sent by or on behalf of the content owner, distributor, publisher etc.
  4. from a UCG (User Generated Content) Platform (like Facebook and TikTok), upon receipt of a DMCA Takedown Notice sent by or on behalf of the infringed content owner, distributor, publisher etc.
  5. by the website owner upon receipt of a DMCA Takedown Notice from the, or on behalf of, the content owner, distributor, publisher etc.


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Modified: 06/02/2023
Category: Frequently Asked Question
By: Mr. DMCA Helper
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