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How to Report Copyright Violations to Google

March 12th, 2007 · No Comments

If someone is copying your content and putting it on their website without your express permission, you have every right to complain to Google. You complaint has to follow the prescribed form. In searching for how to report a violation, where someone was copying and reproducing stuff from another blog of mine on their “re-blog” site, I had a tough time finding the details.

One would think Google would list the procedure and make it easier for you to report violation, but unfortunately, that is not the case.

In my case, this chap was aggregating and reproducing my feed in full without my permission. I tried leaving a comment asking him to stop, but I never heard back. So, just for kicks, I decided to send a letter to Google.

Searching yielded the answer. The procedure for reporting copyright violations to Google is described in detail in the Google DMCA page. You have to follow the nine steps, checking them off as you complete them, and mail a regular letter to the given address, or fax it to the given number.

Your complaint will then be displayed at the ChillingEffects clearinghouse.

With any luck, Google will take steps to suspend the offender’s adsense account (hey, at least they won’t make money using your content), or you can initiate further legal action and seek reparation.

I’ll wait and see what happens with my request.