How To: DIY DMCA Takedown Notices

So Someone Is Stealing Your Content?

Who’s The Thief:

How To Remove Your Content From A Website

How To Remove Your Content From A YouTube Account


PLEASE NOTE: If you report false DMCA claims, you are committing an act of perjury which is a felony. This post is not a substitute for legal advice because I am not a lawyer. In fact maybe you shouldn’t even read this…
Well, I guess, read it if you want. This is a page created for entertainment purposes only and this post is for entertainment, I guess…especially if you like reporting stolen content (ugh! Headache city!)

A Website

I recommend that you read through this, but if you’re just interested in the “action” bits, feel free to follow the links below to exactly what you’re looking for…

Step 1 – Finding Your Content

Step 2 – Determine Their Motives Before Action

Step 3 – Determine Who Owns The Website and Who is Hosting It

Step 4 – Contacting The Hosting Company

Step 5 – Be Persistent

Step 6 – What To Do If The Hosting Company Does Not Cooperate


Step 1 – Finding Your Content

How do you find out if someone is reposting your content? This is very easy. Take a big chunk of one of your stories and copy/paste it into a plagiarism checker.

I have been using this one lately: https://smallseotools.com/plagiarism-checker/

Copy and paste your story and see what comes up…

Behold! We have a result…

A website called scareme.fun

(this is not actually how I became aware of this website, but I have found my content this way. It just makes a great example of how to exercise your rights as a content creator…I became of scareme.fun on Reddit’s NOSLEEPOOC forum, here)

Step 2 – Determine Their Motives Before Action

So a website is stealing your content? This is SO frustrating, but you need to approach the theft with a level head. In all instances you have to determine their motives…

  • Are they a simple fan?
  • Are they taking credit?
  • Are they stealing your traffic?
  • Are they creating a profit from your work?
  • Are they preventing you from creating a profit from your work?

Ask yourself all of these questions. If you can only determine they are reposting your content because of the first reason: they are a fan of yours, or your genre in general–(horror for me)–but they aren’t making money off of your work, check to see if they are crediting you correctly. If they are, it would be my advice to leave them be.

Why?

If they have all of your back-links correctly posted, this will only help your search engine ranking. They are not taking credit for your work–instead they are creating links to your website. There are many things that will help you rank better in search engine results and the amount of links you have from other websites is one of those factors.

Here is a great example of one I would recommend to leave alone:

http://www.creepypastaradio.com

Specifically, this is a link to something that I wrote that is posted there:

https://www.creepypastaradio.com/2018/09/17/dont-play-the-psychic-knock-game/

For whatever reason this person is reposting every story shared to CreepyPasta.com. This story was featured on CreepyPasta.com with permission. The copycat website is not monetized. They are not stealing traffic from me. They are not preventing me from making money off of this story. All of the links are correct, appropriately copy/pasted from the original post, they even posted a link back to the original post from the site they found the information on. This is probably a kid with a dream of doing what we do. Do we want to kill that dream? No. This person is just a fan. Cool. If anything, this is more of a theft of CreepyPasta.com content than a theft from me–after speaking to one of their admins, we have all decided that because he’s not preventing us from doing what we do, we would leave it alone. It would do more harm to the CreepyPasta site than mine…it’s copied from there…and they are fine with it because it isn’t doing them any true harm because they’re massive and this guy is small in comparison…it links back to my site and the person is giving everyone credit. This is actually a good thing if you can think about it in that way. They are potentially giving me traffic.


If you can honestly answer any of the other motivation questions with a “yes” I would proceed with the next steps.

If any of these questions are answered with “yes” then you are legally within your right to do something about it and I think that you should.

  • They are taking credit…they are plagiarizing your content.
  • They are stealing your traffic…if the website is bigger than yours and they are posting your content without your consent, they are stealing your traffic.
  • They are creating a profit…absolutely not acceptable. They don’t get to make a profit when I am not currently making a profit…
  • They are preventing you from creating a profit…this would apply to websites that have premium content that is being stolen.

You should absolutely go after these violations and teach the website owners a hard lesson. In the case of scareme.fun, nobody was being credited and they were stealing from a lot of authors–but also, they were attempting to make a profit with the Amazon Associate program by posting an Amazon link at the bottom of every story.

You know what, no, scareme.fun.–I hope you read this you jerk–that’s not cool. I killed your website. I will kill it again every time I find it. I don’t want to be represented this way and I don’t want people to read my stories and “buy scary stuff” from your website. (This is a real screenshot and that was the real link.)


Step 3 – Determine Who Owns The Website and Who is Hosting it

How do you do this? Go to http://whois.domaintools.com/ and type in the web address.

We cannot see the owner’s name because they have paid extra to block their information–but we can see who is hosting it under “Name Servers” and also “IP Location” the host is hostinger.com …

And yes, I will be putting them on blast because my experience with them, while resolved, is that they are fucking idiots over there. It is okay for me to do that. It is not slander because this is my actual true experience and criticism regarding that experience. I have changed the names of the people who contacted me.

We can also see that the website was purchased from namecheap.com and that there is an email address associated with that service. THIS IS NOT THE EMAIL THAT YOU WANT TO CONTACT. You need to contact the company hosting the website.

Google it…or just type in the webaddress of the host, in this case it is “hostinger.com”

Once we are on the Hostinger.com website, we can scroll down to the bottom and see that they have a link under “Help” at the bottom that says “Report Abuse” perfect. I found their email there. It may not always be this easy. You might have to dig.


Step 4 – Contacting The Hosting Company

from: Scott Savino Horror Author scottsavinohorror@gmail.com
to: abuse@hostinger.com
date: Oct 6, 2018, 12:45 AM
subject: Copyright Infringement by “scareme.fun” (hosted by you)
Hello.

My name is SCOTT SAVINO and I am the ORIGINATING AUTHOR OF ALL CONTENT on SCOTTSAVINO.COM. According to WHOIS information, a website that your company hosts is infringing on at least two copyrights held by me.

Two articles written by me were copied onto your servers without my permission. I would like this removed.

———-

The original content, to which I own the exclusive copyrights to can be found here:

scottsavino.com/my-neighbor-jim/

scottsavino.com/the-man-who-stalks-the-space-between-the-graves/

The unauthorized, infringing copy can be found at:

http://scareme.fun/my-neighbor-jim-is-a-smug-butthole/

http://scareme.fun/the-man-who-stalks-the-space-between-the-graves/

———-

I am quite certain that I would be able to find more if I continued to look as I am a frequent poster of my content on r/nosleep on Reddit.com which is where these stories (AS WELL AS THE REST OF THE CONTENT ON THIS WEBSITE) was plagiarized from. The two links to my work should suffice.

———-

Please consider this letter an official notificaiton of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) under Section 512(c) as the copyright owner, it is within my rights to seek the removal of the infringing material from your servers. I request for you to immediately notify the infringer that you have received this notice. Inform them of their duty to remove the infringing material immediately. Please notify them to cease any further posting of infringing material to your server in the future.

Please also be advised that law requires you, as a service provider, to remove or disable access to the infringing materials upon receiving this notice. Under US law a service provider, such as yourself, enjoys immunity from a copyright lawsuit provided that you act with deliberate speed to investigate and rectify ongoing copyright infringement. If service providers do not investigate and remove or disable the infringing material this immunity is lost. In order for you to remain immune from a copyright infringement action you will need to investigate and remove or disable the infringing material from your servers with all due speed should the direct infringer, your client, not comply immediately.

I am providing this notice in good faith and with the reasonable belief that rights that I own are being infringed. Under penalty of perjury I certify that the information contained in the notification is both true and accurate, and as the owner, I have the authority to act on behalf of the copyrights involved.

Everything on this site is plagiarized. It would be best if you removed the whole thing. I am currently contacting other authors to be in touch with you also.

Should you wish to discuss this with me please contact me directly.

Thank you.

Scott Savino

1234 Fake St.

Sarasota, FL 34747

407-555-7898

scottsavinohorror@gmail.com

(This email was adapted from the sample email at http://www.ipwatchdog.com/2009/07/06/sample-dmca-take-down-letter/ which was posted for IP owners to adapt and use. You may feel free to copy and use my version of this for your own needs.) It is my understanding that you need to use your correct LEGAL NAME, ADDRESS, PHONE and link to everything you can. I am not a lawyer. This is not legal advice. If you think you need a lawyer to recover lost income from offenders or for any other reason, go and find one. This is simply an effective way to protect your content.


Step 5 – Be Persistent

It helps to notify any other authors about your intent to email the webhost and to encourage them to do the same. It’s time to get annoying.

Sometimes you will get a response from someone who is a fucking moron. It might look like this:

from: Hostinger Abuse Department abuse-tracker@hostinger.com
reply-to: Hostinger Abuse Department
to: Scott Savino Horror Author
date: Oct 6, 2018, 3:47 PM
subject: Re: Copyright Infringement by “scareme.fun” (hosted by you) – [IRA-FUfdh-325]
Hello,

This domain doesn’t seem to be pointing to our network. Please check
again to find the correct hosting provider of this domain name or
provide us more information if you still believe that it is pointing to
our network.

Regards,

John

No, you dumbass, it most certainly is. Send them a reply email and do your very best to remain polite…

from: Scott Savino Horror Author scottsavinohorror@gmail.com
to: Hostinger Abuse Department
date: Oct 6, 2018, 4:06 PM
subject: Re: Copyright Infringement by “scareme.fun” (hosted by you) – [IRA-FUfdh-325]

John,

I think one of us may be mistaken. Is this branch of your company somehow unaffiliated with the Brazil branch?

That would be odd seeing as the name servers point to your company at this same domain that you are emailing me from.

Web Hosting Provider: Hostinger Brazil

  • Location: Netherlands (Market Share)
  • Domain Who Is: Click Here
  • Nameservers:
  • ns1.hostinger.com,
  • ns3.hostinger.com,
  • ns2.hostinger.com,
  • ns4.hostinger.com,

I found this information here and several other places: http://whois.domaintools.com/scareme.fun

Please advise if this is not correct and I will proceed to my next step of escalation and have the domain blocked from search results.

Thank you for your prompt reply,

Scott Savino

You are very likely to get a result if you act persistent…

from: Hostinger Abuse Department abuse-tracker@hostinger.com
reply-to: Hostinger Abuse Department
to: Scott Savino Horror Author
date: Oct 7, 2018, 7:43 AM
subject: Re: Copyright Infringement by “scareme.fun” (hosted by you) – [IRA-FUfdh-325]
Hello,

Listed abusive account has been terminated. Thank You for reporting this.

Eric

SUCCESS!


Step 6 – What To Do If The Hosting Company Does Not Cooperate

You may need to do a bit more work if you are thwarted by the webhost in your endeavor. I am currently in the process of removing a different page from the light of day because the “hosting provider” in this instance is a third party company redirecting traffic to protect the actual host from people like you and me… in this case, after finding the appropriate information about the website, the host refused to be helpful. This was their reply to my DMCA Takedown notice:

from: Cloudflare Trust & Safety
reply-to: Cloudflare Trust & Safety
to: Scott Savino Horror Author
date: Oct 8, 2018, 2:45 AM
subject: Re: Copyright Infringement by “celebcoco.com” (redirected by you) – Report updated: (#148398)

Hi Scott Savino,

Thank you for your report.

However, this email address is for law enforcement only. All other non-law enforcement requests to abuse+law@cloudflare.com will not be processed.

Please submit your abuse report through Cloudflare’s abuse reporting web form available at https://www.cloudflare.com/abuse/

Please be aware Cloudflare offers network service solutions, including a reverse proxy, pass-through security service and a content delivery network (CDN). Because Cloudflare is a reverse proxy, our IP addresses appear in whois and DNS records for websites using our services. CloudFlare is not a hosting provider, and we do not have access to our customers’ content.

Regards,
Cloudflare Trust and Safety

So, basically this company’s official stance is “not responsible, protect the thief…” It appears that this sort of practice is very prominent for less than scrupulous websites. I did check out the abuse form in the link. It looked like it was going to take about 45 minutes to fill out. I had found A LOT of my content on various sites being redirected by this service.

Basically, I was not going to spend any of my time doing that…
from: Scott Savino Horror Author scottsavinohorror@gmail.com
to: Cloudflare Trust & Safety
date: Oct 8, 2018, 2:51 AM
subject: Re: Copyright Infringement by “celebcoco.com” (redirected by you) – Report updated: (#148398)

Hello.

Thank you for your prompt reply.

I think your response and your position of “uninvolvement” is unacceptable and I’m not going to fill out your form, instead I’m just going to contact the search engines to have this content removed as previously mentioned.

Have a great day.

Scott Savino

Did this email accomplish anything? Probably not. I am not going to teach this shitbag company morals…but it felt great typing it. I read the FAQ about this company prior to emailing them and had an idea that this may be the sort of reply that I would get, so I did mention in my email that if they were not able to be compliant, that was fine. I will make sure that nobody ever sees any of the websites hosting my material among a thousand ads again. I might not be able to delete it, but I can make sure nobody finds it by accident…

How? – YOU CAN CONTACT SEARCH ENGINES AND REMOVE IT FROM RESULTS–NEVER TO BE FOUND…BY ANYONE.

Here are the links I have found to do this. In most instances you will have to make an account with their service and be logged in. You may have to poke around to find the correct page to communicate with them, but I think that’s worth it to remove the offending content once and for all. All of these reporting forms are very easy and allow you to flag multiple sites for violation at the same time. They make it easy and quick and you could literally spend your day doing this if you wanted to…

Google

https://support.google.com/legal/troubleshooter/1114905


Yahoo

https://ipr.yahoo.com/copyright


Bing

https://www.bing.com/webmaster/tools/content-removal


and finally, in the case of scareme.fun, they were using the Amazon Associates program to link to Amazon from their page to generate income. If you find instances of this, you will have to find a way to report it to them. I found it but I can’t remember where. This Amazon Associates account is going to be suspended if I can manage it. I am currently waiting for their response.


A YouTuber

I recommend that you read through this, but if you’re just interested in the “action” bits, feel free to follow the links below to exactly what you’re looking for…remember that YouTubers only have a few allowances for these sort of removal flags, so make sure you’re not killing the account of a nice person. More often than not, the accounts are new and the people running them are uneducated about copyright. Remember, they are your fan or they wouldn’t have done this… You can make a new friend!

Step 1 – Finding Your Content

Step 2 – Leave a Comment…a nice one works best

Step 3 – Pull it Down


Step 1 – Finding Your Content

Super easy. Begin by searching the titles of your stories in YouTube. If any of them pop up and you have not authorized the narration, proceed to step 2.


Step 2 – Leave a Comment…a nice one works best

“Hello YouTube Person, I noticed that you enjoyed my story enough to narrate it! Great! I own this story though, and you need to ask permission before you do this kind of thing. I would just like it if you linked directly to my website, and not my Reddit.com post in your description. Do you think that you can email me at scottsavinohorror@gmail.com so we can get this fixed?

I will delete this comment myself after everything is squared away!”

And if they comply, you don’t have anything else to do after that. I even share these narrations on my website—I just want a link to scottsavino.com–easy, right? Most of the time the users ask first, which is great. If they are a monetized channel, I would probably ask them to pay me…

…otherwise…


Step 3 – Pull it Down

Sometimes you have to get nasty.

I left a nice comment on a video that I found and rather than apologize or contact me, the user deleted it. No, user–you don’t say “fuck you” to me. I say “fuck you” to you. This is my content. I will share it, but I have to know I’m sharing it. You don’t get to delete my comment and move on, because that’s rude…duh.

This has to be done on a computer. You cannot do it on your phone.

On YouTube, there is a little flag icon to report content. You’re going to click that and within that there is an option that says that you’d like to report it on the basis of your copyright and follow the instructions. That’s all you have to do. This process usually takes about 4 or 5 days.