We see improvements in 3 processes, making the overall DMCA package more transparent, and more effective.
- Violation reporting.
- Reported violation notification to targets.
- Research and appeal by targets of violation notification.
In keeping with Google’s public commitment to make copyright work better online, our team has been working on improving the copyright environment for bloggers and copyright owners alike. As access to the web grows, bringing new content and services online, it becomes even more important to ensure the rights of everyone involved are protected and understood.
To report a Copyright Violation, as previously, you should start from Report alleged copyright infringement: Blogger. The article Blogger Buzz: New tools for handling copyright on Blogger makes the reporting process more transparent to both those submitting the complaints, and those targeted (righteously, or spuriously) by the complaints.
Besides the improvements to the complaint process, the violation notification process has been improved. In the past, many blog owners, who did not check their email carefully, or who had even setup Blogger accounts not based on actual email addresses, were frequently surprised by DMCA takedowns. Now, owners of blogs subject to copyright violation action will see two changes.
- A large DMCA Complaint notice, at the top of the dashboard.
- Specific posts in violation will revert to Draft status, rather than being deleted.
Finally, targets of violation notifications can research and appeal the violations. DMCA complaints will be sent by Google to the DMCA Complaints Clearinghouse, ChillingEffects.org, automatically. The blog owners needing to see the details, and file an appeal, will find promptly updated details, by searching for their blog's URL at ChillingEffects.org.
All of this will help to demystify both the complaint process (for those needing to register a complaint), and the appeals process (for those targeted by a complaint), and reduce stress to everybody involved.