DMCA Takedowns and Content Removal

Our Copyright Attorneys Remove Infringing and/or Offensive Content from the Internet

Do you own any photographs, songs, or film/audiovisual works that were posted to another webpage without your permission? Do you have a loved one who is being harassed by an former spouse or bully through posting of inappropriate photographs or videos commonly known as “revenge porn?” Is there scandalous or unauthorized material posted online by a third-party that you want removed? If you find that your authored content or other private information has been posted online without your permission, we can often have the content quickly removed. Get the job done right by a law firm sooner than later, without wasting your precious time and resources. Time is often of the essence depending on the type of content being distributed. Our copyright attorneys understand the technical details behind these online matters, and we can disable access to almost any online content whether it is located here or abroad. We will advise you while keeping your privacy and other interests in mind.

Take Internet Privacy Seriously

Take Internet Privacy Seriously

For content that you own, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) provides a method to remove infringing material posted online by third parties. For example, if you have created a video that someone stole and later posted to a video streaming website without your permission, there is a process to have that material removed from the website. Usually, a host will comply with a properly executed take down notice, because compliance provides them a ‘safe harbor’ against copyright infringement liability later if they promptly remove access to the material.

How do I know if I have an ownership interest in a work or right to have it taken down?
For you to own the copyright in a work, first, it must be original. Second, you must be able to claim an ownership interest in the work (usually, you created, or substantially participated in the creation of, the work) based on your contribution. A songwriter has a clear ownership in a song written by her; a director has a strong ownership claim to a film she directed, as would the screenwriter have a claim of ownership to a film using his script. A photographer normally has ownership of her photographs. Some ownership claims are less clear, especially when questions like ownership of the work by the subject of the same work and commissioned works arise. Given that you could potentially be held liable for attorney fees if you send out an invalid DMCA notice without having a proper ownership interest in the work, it makes sense to consult with an experienced copyright lawyer before spending your valuable time. It may be necessary to explore different ownership theories and other causes of action, such as appropriation of likeness, or invasion of privacy.

Many types of internet service providers are subject to the provisions of the DMCA. Internet service providers (“ISPs”), search engine operators, website hosts, auction sites, video hosting sites, content hosting sites and many other types of systems that store or transmit information using the internet may be subject to certain provisions of the DMCA.

What types of materials are covered by DMCA? Nearly all types of copyrighted material that can be posted, transmitted or stored electronically is also subject to the DMCA. If you have photographs, videos, or other material that you would like taken down off the internet or a website, our copyright attorneys can help.

Take down of unauthorized videos and/or photographs

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Let our Law Firm Deal with those who violate your internet privacy, steal your content and post it on the internet. We handle all types of internet privacy issues and DMCA Takedown notices!

If one or more videos or photos were posted to the internet without your permission by an unscrupulous ex-lover as an act of “revenge porn,” our DMCA takedown team can help you remove the content. First, we have the knowledge and the tools to quickly identify the proper parties and send out the proper notices to have the material quickly taken down.

It is not unlikely for someone to find that the infringing material has been posted on several different web sites or services. In most cases, to be fully effective, notices must be sent to multiple providers. It is not uncommon that at least 10-20 notices must be sent to remove or block all instances of objectionable content.  We utilize software and the best techniques to locate as many instances of the content as possible in the United States and across the world.

Our DMCA Services

What we can do to help:

First, we are a full service law firm. Our experienced copyright attorneys maintain a plethora of software tools at our disposal and use all legally acceptable methods to remove unauthorized online content. That said, our team can remove or block all of the offending content to our client’s satisfaction for a reasonable flat fee.

In instances of a single infringing location or website, such as a computer program or corporate documents hosted by a lone download website, a single notice may be all that is needed. A more common scenario however, is that the material of concern (i.e. photographs or videos) is posted in other locations on the internet. In this case, it is normally necessary to find as many possible instances of the content and contact all of the providers and ask to have the content removed or blocked. Often, it also makes sense to have our team monitor for the material during a period of time to make sure that it is not later re-posted.

You also may be entitled to damages. We can help evaluate your case for the potential for winning damages in a lawsuit, obtaining retro-active license fees and other damages in privacy and lost profits. Here are just some of the services that we offer to help you remove offending content:

    • Investigating and discovering additional instances of infringement.
    • Identifying the proper entity(ies) to whom the notices should be sent.
    • Develop and deliver validDMCA notices that will meet all requirements the first time.
    • Monitor the internet for future instances of infringement and take steps to have them stopped.
    • Evaluate and help you determine if the actual infringing party should be sued for damages

Suing the Person who stole or posted the content:

If you or your reputation were injured in some way; or, if the person who stole or posted the unauthorized content profited from the activity, you may be entitled to damages. If the service provider complies with, or otherwise properly responds to, a takedown notice, the DMCA usually protects them from civil liability. The person who stole or posted the content, however, can still be held liable, as can a service provider who improperly complies with a DMCA takedown notice.

It is possible that such people are liable for retro-active license fees for your lost profits or other potential remedies. It is also possible that such people are liable for other publicity and privacy related torts such as false light, appropriation of likeness, or public disclosure of private facts. In certain cases and in some states like Colorado and California, people posting inappropriate photos of an ex-lover or “revenge porn” may be held criminally liable for their actions. We can help evaluate your case to ensure that the course of action will lead to the results you are seeking.

Contact our law firm and we will discuss with you a strategy to resolve the matter via a free confidential consultation with a copyright attorney. If you are a victim of “revenge porn” and you wish to have the online content removed, please fill out the form below.

DMCA Takedown Request.

The information below will help us with your request. Please fill out the form and we will have someone from the firm contact you shortly. --Please note that we will need to enter into a further agreement in order to act on your behalf; submission of this form does not begin the attorney client relationship with our firm.
  • Please choose the category that best describes the content.
  • Tell us where the content in question is located on the web.
  • Please try to include as much information as you can regarding your claim to the work; for example: you are the author, photographer, director, etc... of the work.