For information on Copyright Law in the U.S.A., visit Copyright Law of the United States of America.
This is an update from my post of March 2nd, 2015.
Congratulations to everyone who reblogged, Tweeted, or otherwise shared the information about this piracy site, thus enabling authors whose books were on the site to have it shut down by Facebook.
Special thanks to Susan Toy for alerting authors to the problem, Chris TSRA for sharing it with his army of followers and providing this update, and S.K. Nicholls for sharing the link to WHOIS and providing the following sample take down notice found in an article by Gene Quinn, a patent attorney and the founder of IPWatchdog. In it, he warns that take down notices may vary according to the offence. (It’s certainly a site worth looking at.)
SAMPLE DMCA TAKE DOWN NOTICE
My name is INSERT NAME and I am the INSERT TITLE of INSERT COMPANY NAME. A website that your company hosts (according to WHOIS information) is infringing on at least one copyright owned by my company. An article was copied onto your servers without permission. The original ARTICLE/PHOTO, to which we own the exclusive copyrights, can be found at: PROVIDE WEBSITE URL. The unauthorized and infringing copy can be found at: PROVIDE WEBSITE URL.
This letter is official notification under Section 512(c) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (”DMCA”), and I seek the removal of the aforementioned infringing material from your servers. I request that you immediately notify the infringer of this notice and inform them of their duty to remove the infringing material immediately, and notify them to cease any further posting of infringing material to your server in the future.
Please also be advised that law requires you, as a service provider, to remove or disable access to the infringing materials upon receiving this notice. Under US law a service provider, such as yourself, enjoys immunity from a copyright lawsuit provided that you act with deliberate speed to investigate and rectify ongoing copyright infringement. If service providers do not investigate and remove or disable the infringing material this immunity is lost. Therefore, in order for you to remain immune from a copyright infringement action you will need to investigate and ultimately remove or otherwise disable the infringing material from your servers with all due speed should the direct infringer, your client, not comply immediately.
I am providing this notice in good faith and with the reasonable belief that rights my company owns are being infringed. Under penalty of perjury I certify that the information contained in the notification is both true and accurate, and I have the authority to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright(s) involved.
Should you wish to discuss this with me please contact me directly.
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For more information on Copyright Law in the U.S.A., visit Copyright Law of the United States of America. Scroll down to see Section 512–Limitations on liability relating to material online. The sample take down letter refers to Section 512(c), but not all violations will be of this type. (For a complete PDF copy of the “DMSA” click HERE)