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Wednesday, April 09, 2014

DMCA Complaints Require Precise Examples

Occasionally we see confusion and impatience, in Blogger Help Forum: Something Is Broken, about previously submitted DMCA complaints.
I have repeatedly submitted a complaint about "offendingblog.blogspot.com" - and nothing is done! How long must I wait, for results??
We should start by noting that Google staff attention cannot ever be promised immediately - but if a valid complaint is submitted, repeatedly, with no results, maybe the problem is in the presentation of the complaint.

Blogger Policy Enforcement staff advises us that a DMCA complaint, when submitted, needs to include precise and specific examples of the perceived problem. Each example should be described in two parts.

  1. A precise example of some content, in your blog, that was copied.
  2. A precise example of some content, in the offending blog / website, which matches #1.

Instead of guessing or combing through your blog, then through the offending blog / website, and searching for matching content, the Blogger analysts time is better spent taking your complaint and submitting the complaint to Lumen (pka "ChillingEffects").

You know how you have been offended - so tell Blogger exactly how you have been offended, in the DMCA Complaint which you submit.

As always, do not submit frivolous DMCA complaints - your bank account may require discretion.

And be careful to use the right complaint procedure. DMCA Complaints are for very specific and genuine copyright violations. Other offenses must be reported, using different procedures.

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