DMCA is important for copyright holders.

The copyright of content such as images, videos, and music is protected by the US Copyright Act. Under the act, copyright holders have legal grounds to control content stolen from them against those who would distribute it illegally. Sometimes the leaker of the content cannot be identified, so it is often very difficult to know who's behind the leak of copyrighted material online. If this happens, the possible scenario that ensues may include litigation for violations of copyright law. This takes time and often leads to a loss of demand and income for the business due to their content being leaked and spread through the internet. The Digital Millenium Copyright Act pushed the industry towards standardised ways of dealing with takedowns, making it possible for small and big content creator to react to copyright infringements without going to court.

When should you use a DMCA takedown?

When your copyrighted content gets stolen and leaked on the internet, you have the right of taking it down. Unfortunately, it's easier said than done: the process is lengthy, different for each website and leaked content often finds its way onto many different sites, which require substantial time to try and locate them all.

How can I do it on my own?

Material that is used without the copyright holders' permission may be removed after receiving a takedown notice with precise information of the copyrighted work. First, you'll need to find the infringing content. Looking on mainstream search engines is a good first step, but it's nowhere close to being sufficient. At leaksDOWN we built an extensive list of domains and private communities known to infringe copyright. Once you have found the infringing material, you'll need to contact the website or community provider asking for removal of the infringing content. If that fails, you can escalate to their web hosting provider. You should also reverse search the post on mainstream search engines and report it to search engines, stopping the flow of users to the infringing material. You can also target file hosts that may be used on the website. Every website is likely to have a different procedure.

leaksDOWN. is your copyright solution

In summary, the process of executing DMCA takedowns, while accessible to everyone, is still very time consuming and different for each website. Our team at leaksDOWN is more than happy to do this work for you, so you can focus on doing what you do best: creating great content.

We’re here to answer any questions you might have. If you do, feel free to reach out at any time!