Many people don’t know just how harmful piracy can be to not only the individual whose creative content was stolen, but to the creative community as a whole. In fact, piracy deeply affects every creative industry and the economy. It’s important that copyright and the rights of creators and copyright owners be respected. Unfortunately, reporting piracy is not always easy. It is often difficult to know how and where to report piracy, so we have provided this section of our website to help. In this section, copyright owners can find webforms or contact information which can be used to notify an internet site or service that copyright infringement of one or more of their works is taking place on the platform.
Copyright Owners Only: Stop Online Piracy of your Work by Filing a DMCA Takedown Notice
If you are a copyright owner whose work is being infringing online, you can send a DMCA takedown notice to the website where the infringement is taking place requesting that the infringing material, activity or link be taken down. Before sending a DMCA notice please understand that:
- Only copyright owners and their agents are able to send a DMCA notice to have their work taken down (if you are not the copyright owner report the piracy to the copyright owner through the directory above and they can decide whether to submit a DMCA notice);
- A DMCA takedown notice can be sent regardless of whether the work has been registered with the U.S. Copyright Office;
- It may be good practice to first consider whether the use may qualify as a fair use before sending a notice.
Here are links to DMCA takedown submission forms for some of the most popular websites and content platforms (if you can’t find the website you’re looking for below, you may want to check the Copyright Office’s DMCA Designated Agent Directory):
Report Piracy to a Copyright Owner:
- Hachette Book Group
- Harper Collins
- Kensington Publishing
- Simon & Schuster
Software and Video Games