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WTF -- DMCA Takedown to Remove Link?

Discussion in 'Web Hosting' started by ugarte, Oct 27, 2014.

  1. ugarte

    ugarte Junior Member

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    I received a DMCA takedown request today to remove a link pointing to a website.


    Does DMCA allow this? This would be crazy. Imagine all the sites that got hit by Penguin sending out DMCA(s) to get their links removed.
     
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    nanavlad Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    It wont happen like that
    but my advice is remove the link
    before you lose the site
     
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    BigMoneyyy Power Member

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    If your site is hosted offshore there is no need to remove the link.
     
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    bartosimpsonio Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Man this mess is gonna get worse ain't it.... Thanks google...
     
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  5. 50cent

    50cent Regular Member

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    This is a technique used to get webmasters to remove links quickly. I personally wouldn't take it too seriously because i know this technique is used to make people take note and react to the request.


     
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  6. ugarte

    ugarte Junior Member

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    That would be too easy :D

    I still don't understand how DMCA requests can be used for link removal. Has anyone else heard of this?

     
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    ziplack Senior Member

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    well thats something new.. google and their bs

     
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    imlol Regular Member

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    Reply with something like this...

    If you believe content appearing on website.com infringes on your copyright, please notify us with the following information:


    1. A description of the copyrighted work that you claim has been infringed.
    2. The exact URL or a description of each place where alleged infringing material is located.
    3. A statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use has not been authorized by you, your agent, or the law.
    4. Your electronic or physical signature or the electronic or physical signature of the person authorized to act on your behalf.
    5. A statement by you made under penalty of perjury, that the information in your notice is accurate, that you are the copyright owner or authorized to act on the copyright owner's behalf.
    Please note that under Section 512(f) of the Copyright Act any person who knowingly materially misrepresents that material or activity is infringing may be subject to liability.
     
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  9. ugarte

    ugarte Junior Member

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    @imlol This is a good template. I've questioned my hosting provider on "how a link is copyright infringement? But haven't received a response.

    This is the DMCA takedown notice that I received which is complete B.S.

     
  10. ugarte

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    My host got back to me last night on my "dmca counter-notification".

    So, they agreed with me that a link isn't copyright infringement and closed the case!

    The confusion was that "you can't be linking to materials that are infringing". But a link pointing to a website is not copyright infringement.
     
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