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Asked at 3:22 pm on Wednesday, March 14, 2007

My copyrighted work is being displayed or distributed without my permission - What can I do?

Last modified 2007-08-28 13:34


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How to protect your copyright

Protecting your copyright can be a daunting task. The following steps are being provided as a guide to assist you with protection of your copyrighted work.

If you locate your copyrighted work being distributed by an unauthorized web site you can do the following to try and have it removed.

1)      Use a site to locate the Abuse E-Mail address registered for the site that is distributing your work. The site that I like to use is DNSstuff.com (www.dnsstuff.com) . There are other sites available but DNSstuff.com is very easy to use. Visit DNSstuff.com and paste the sites address in the “Abuse Lookup” field and click the WHOIS Lookup button. The registered abuse E-Mail address for the site will be returned. It can be abuse@, Admin@, postmaster@, etc….

2)      Send a professional E-Mail to the abuse E-Mail address indicating that the site is illegally displaying or re-distributing your copyrighted work and that it should be removed immediately. Provide and exact link to the infringing item and indicate that you are the copyright holder of the item. It’s very important to stay professional and to the point. Don’t get to wordy in your E-Mail.

The above steps will typically work and the item will be removed.

In the event that you do not get a response in a reasonable amount of time (3-5 days) your next step is to contact the ISP that is hosting the web site.

1)      Visit DNSstuff.com and put the web sites name in the “Traceroute” field and click the Traceroute button. This tool will trace the internet route to the web site. The final display on the tracerooute will provide you with an IP address.

2)      Copy this IP address and paste it in the “IPWHOIS” field and click WHOIS.

3)      You will be provided with a lot of information about the ISP such as phone number, location and E-Mail contacts.

4)      Use the Abuse contact E-Mail address and send a professional E-Mail indicating that the site is illegally displaying or re-distributing your copyrighted work and that it should be removed immediately. Provide and exact link to the infringing item and indicate that you are the copyright holder of the item. It’s very important to stay professional and to the point. Don’t get to wordy in your E-Mail.

The above steps do not work 100% of the time. However, they will work most of the time.

The above information is provided as educational information only.

Answered 2007-03-14 15:32 / last modified 2007-08-28 13:34

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