Tools for dealing with piracy
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Sarina's cease and desist letter
How to report a pirate who takes paypal donations
How to report infringing posts on Facebook
How to report infringing Google Drive files
How to report infringing OneDrive files to Microsoft
1. Sarina's Cease and Desist (DMCA) Letter
Authors, this letter is what you should send to infringing websites that don't have a form to fill out. The language sounds very formal and scary but there is no reason to fear. I file dozens of these every month. I use my PO Box for privacy. Also, feel free to use your pseudonym. The infringer doesn't need to know your legal name.
You have my permission to copy my letter (below) and to use it for your own purposes. Just don't forget to personalize it. :)
I, AUTHOR NAME, have full authority to act as the copyright owner. I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in the notification is accurate and that I am the copyright owner of the following works.
The following titles are being traded illegally via this particular page(s) and user through your site and page(s):
TITLE by AUTHOR
LINK GOES HERE
I have a good faith belief that use of the copyrighted materials described above as allegedly infringing is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law. I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in the notification is accurate and that I am the copyright owner or am authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed
Stated again: The use of my copyrighted work has not been authorized by me and I have a good faith belief that it has not been authorized by any agent of mine or the law. These users do not have permission from me, my agents or my publishers to offer these books for download. This constitutes theft on the part of your users and this note serves as official notice of illegal activity taking place through your website.
Treaties of the World Intellectual Property Organization including the
Berne Convention (Worldwide) Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 (United Kingdom)
Copyright Act 2000 (Belize) Copyright Act 1968 and Copyright Amendment Act 2006 (Australia)
Directive 2001/29/EC of the European Parliament (European Union)
Copyright Act of 1976 and all subsequent amendments, including Digita Millennium Copyright Act 1998 and Digital Theft Deterrence and Copyright Damages Improvement Act of 1999 (United States of America)
Please cease and desist from allowing the uploading and trading of these materials immediately and, where possible, set a filter to reject future submissions.
Author and copyright owner,
YOUR NAME PO Box XXX YOURCITY, YOURSTATE, YOURZIP.
2. Fighting Pirates who profit with paypal
Sometimes you'll find a pirate site that's taking Paypal donations. There is a mechanism to report those. Two steps:
- Download Paypal's complaint form at this link. Don't write your own DMCA, just use their form.
- Mail the completed for to: email@example.com.
3. Reporting infringing Facebook Posts
Note: the infringing post can be on a Facebook page, profile or inside a group. It doesn't matter. You will use the same link for everything. This is what you'll do:
1. Start here: https://www.facebook.com/help/contact/634636770043106
2. Choose: "copyright"
3. Choose: "continue with copyright report"
4. Last choice in list: "I found content which I believe infringes my copyright"
From here on out just keep clicking on the radio buttons to advance the form!
USEFUL NOTES: You will be asked what kind of content, and ebook won't be one of the choices! You'll choose "other."
You'll be asked to supply the infringing link. (That's the FB link)
Then, below that, you will be asked to show an "authorized example." You can just put in an Amazon link to your book in English! You do not need to upload a file.
The rest of the steps are self explanatory. Go forth on our chosen date and conquer.
4. Reporting Infringing Google Drive files
Google's reporting form is ugly and confusing. Things before we start:
- The most important thing to know about this process is that you need to walk through a slightly separate "door" at Google to report a Google Drive file vs, say, a Blogspot post or a YouTube video. These instructions are for Google Docs / Google Drive removals.
- Also, when reporting the file, you have to make sure you're reporting a file and not a folder. The form won't accept the folder.
- You'll supply two links: one to the infringing content and one to the legitimate content. Use your book's Amazon page for the legitimate one, even if you're reporting a book that's been translated into another language.
For removing content from a Google Drive, first log in to Google.
Then start here: https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/dmca-notice?pid=2&rd=1
And then fill in the world's ugliest form.
5. Reporting Infringing OneDrive (Microsoft) files
Microsoft lets you use a plain old email, but it has to follow this exact formula. Just copy/paste the body of the email (below) and send it off to firstname.lastname@example.org. And then wait a ridiculously long time for them to act.
NOTE: A Onedrive link looks like this: https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=%21APReWsG8Gt1RObA&cid=F5E3923680001A70&id=F5E3923680001A70%21158884&parId=F5E3923680001A70%2122583&o=OneUp
SUBJECT LINE: Notice of Infringement
Name of the intellectual property (IP) owner (if not you): n/a
Country of submitter: USA
Please describe your intellectual property (IP) in detail: The ebook of TITLE
Specific online location (URL) where we can view your work (if available online):
Specific online location (URL) where your intellectual property (IP) is being infringed:
Additional information: This entire OneDrive account is full of pirated books!
Good Faith Belief: Checked
Authority to Act: Checked
512(f) Acknowledgement: Checked
Signature: TYPE YOUR NAME HERE!