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If you find infringing copies of your work on a website, you may notify the website with a DMCA takedown notice. The DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) sets out a process for copyright holders to send an official notice requesting the service provider remove the infringing material. In order to stay within the DMCA’s “safe harbor,” service providers must remove or block access to the infringing works expeditiously so they cannot be sued for infringement.
How to Send a Takedown Notice
If you find infringing materials on a website, first check to see if the website has a form for DMCA takedown requests. Usually, a Google search for the name of the website and DMCA or copyright (e.g., Course Hero DMCA) is a quick way to find if the website has established a procedure for takedowns. Note that a website's procedures are determined by the provisions of the DMCA, not by the website. If you find a form online, fill it in and it submit according to the website's directions.
If you do not find a form or other DMCA information on the website, follow the steps below to send a proper DMCA takedown notice. A sample takedown notice is at the end of this page.