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Ibby Staff says

Pirates are out there. I just wanted to share a company – DMCA Pro – that I use to take care of takedowns for me. As soon as I added them for 1 item I saw my sales increase (sad but true). As authors it is something we definitely need to be aware of and sometimes the amount of time involved with sending out DMCAs for a single product can be a hassle. <this message is from an author>

Hi Crusader12,

Thanks for letting us know about this service. I’ll add it to the guide of tools and applications we have created via the following link: http://support.envato.com/index.php?/Knowledgebase/Article/View/533/

Cheers!

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Ibby Staff says

Thank you very much Ibrahim! All information regarding this issue is more than welcome. In fact I didn’t know about “How to remove pirated items from Google search”, so it has been very instructive. Thanks again and regards ;)

Hi PrismaDesign,

You are very welcome! We really want that people from Envato community have as much information as possible regarding this subject, if we find more valuable information or tips we’ll keep updating our guides.

By the way, I see that you are from Barcelona, we should have a local meetup someday, I live in Terrassa and usually go to Barcelona downtown on the weekends. :)

Cheers!

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Ibby Staff says



Hi Ebrahim,
How can we remove torrents? I sent them DMCA notices but it still there.

Hey 3Ddym!

Some websites containing torrents have their own abuse contact form to report illegal content but we can’t be sure if they will take it down, these are slightly different, they create a ‘Report Abuse’ section just to look like they comply with copyright rules. If sending a DMCA to the website itself don’t work, then try finding the hosting company and issue a DMCA to that specific company.

If after the above you are still short of options, you can at least try to remove the links of those torrents from Google Web Search, so people won’t find illegal results of your work via Google search. We published a guide to do so, find it via the following link: http://support.envato.com/index.php?/Knowledgebase/Article/View/536/

I hope that helps!

Thanks for your question 3Ddym!
Thanks Ebrahim I will try this..

My pleasure! Just let me know if you have any questions, I’m happy to help!

Cheers!

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Ibby Staff says

I would just like to know about the changes regarding to statistics of the sales, in an utopic condition where “pirates” simply do not exist.
I think it would be hypnotizing…

Please Envato, do best you can about this.
Thanks very much.

Hey Bedros!

Unfortunately I do not have access to those stats, but it would be interesting to know that :D

We are doing our best, it’s impossible to take control over all the illegal content on the Internet but we are constantly sending DMCAs and gathering as much information as possible in order to send more effective DMCAs that take down content on the first try. Now we are publishing part of that information because we believe you guys must know how to do this too and of course your help is needed and appreciated to fight these websites.

Cheers!

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Ibby Staff says

Hi Ebrahim,
How can we remove torrents? I sent them DMCA notices but it still there.

Hey 3Ddym!

Some websites containing torrents have their own abuse contact form to report illegal content but we can’t be sure if they will take it down, these are slightly different, they create a ‘Report Abuse’ section just to look like they comply with copyright rules. If sending a DMCA to the website itself don’t work, then try finding the hosting company and issue a DMCA to that specific company.

If after the above you are still short of options, you can at least try to remove the links of those torrents from Google Web Search, so people won’t find illegal results of your work via Google search. We published a guide to do so, find it via the following link: http://support.envato.com/index.php?/Knowledgebase/Article/View/536/

I hope that helps!

Thanks for your question 3Ddym!

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Ibby Staff says

Most websites took seriously the DMCAs I’ve sent and they removed my items. Still, people who publish such content are so active, that soon I’ll have to hire someone only to monitor the internet and send DMCA notices :)

Hey greenline!

That’s a good point indeed. Sometimes we report content that is taken down very fast but in less than 24 hours there are new links again. I believe the best solution for this would be that cyberlockers (Mega, DepositFiles, etc) have some sort of blacklist system that blocks off new links of files that have been reported in the past.

Thanks!

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Ibby Staff says


However, you don’t always need to wait until Envato sends a DMCA, authors also retain ownership of their work, so you can always try sending your own DMCA too, that’s why we are providing these resources. Sending a DMCA is not hard at all, it’s a very straightforward process, what it’s really hard is receiving a proper response from these companies after sending an abuse report.

Thanks!

That is what I’m doing. The marketplace I’m talking about has so far removed anything I have reported, so at least they are respondingto DMCAs very well.

But then please don’t write in your article to be a help when in the end you say everyone has to look after his own files. Don’t waste our time reporting links to you via support when it is up to us anyway.

I said I don’t report anything to you anymore (when it is not my files), because I have done this in the past when I just wanted to help the marketplaces. I now contact the author in case I know him, as he is the only one who is interested in protecting his works.

It is just a waste of time, everyone will just look after his own files and ignore fellow authors contents, it’s none of their business, although one single dmca from you, envato, who has as only party involved the right to claim an infringement on works of several authors, could erase half of the content on the mentioned marketplace.

Nice article, though, this will help people get their works taken down. Just leave out the “contact support” part, it has no need or sense there.

We won’t stop helping you out, you can always contact us via support to report any content you may find. We are only providing the resources to help you out reporting individual links of your work while we try to take down websites distributing large amount of content. If there is a website that you think Envato should take care of because a DMCA sent by us would have greater effect, then we are happy to review it and of course we’ll do our best.

Looking at the positive side of things, I think these resources are a good help for those who don’t know anything about DMCAs, reporting content, etc. I believe that reporting your own content is a mandatory skill we should all have when working with digital content.

Anyway, let’s talk about that website you have mentioned before, please send a support ticket which I’ll reply by myself and we’ll check what’s the best approach for that specific case.

Cheers!

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Ibby Staff says

What good does it do to send the DMCA, if the recipient just chooses to ignore it? So what? It’s not like I can force them in any way. Sadly it’s completely useless from my experience.

Hey amris,

Unfortunately, at this point DMCA is the most effective way to fight piracy. Some companies really care about copyright infringements and they remove illegal content extremely fast, some companies take few days or weeks to remove the content and others don’t remove anything at all. But in my opinion, still worth sending the DMCA and see what kind of results you get.

Thanks!

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Ibby Staff says

Thanks Ibby and Collis! Finally this issue is getting some attention. :)

edit/ I am sure many videohive authors are willing to collect links to copied materials when you use them for a big dmca or even to shut down the whole crappy marketplace. We should have a lot of links in just a few days.

Oh man I know tons of sites like these. In my early days here I have always send these to support, but after a while they didn’t reply anymore and the sites however are still online. Let me know when you guys need the links and and official DMCA statement from me to help shut down these illegal marketplaces (yes that is plural, there are many). There was a Google Group dedicated to this, but it has been inactive for over a couple of months now.

One question for Ibby and others:

What do I do when I have to pay $12 every time to see the hosting url of my illegally hosted item? There is a website/marketplace that is asking members to pay $12 or more for my originally $40 worth VideoHive item. Only catch is, you actually have to be a member and pay the $12 to see the hosting link appear on this website. So before I can send a DMCA to one of the well known hosting websites, I’ll have to pay $12 every time they re-upload the thing.

Pirating is one thing, but illegally spreading asking money for an item that I’ve worked really hard on for months? That is like stealing a Michael Jackson CD and selling it for four times less the original price.

What can one do about this particular situation? I don’t want to pay the $12 to just be able to send a DMCA..

Hey motionvids,

In that specific case you need to send a DMCA takedown notice directly to the hosting company in order to take down the whole website; you only need to explain in which way they are using your content. The other option is sending a DMCA takedown notice to the payment provider; let’s say that website is taking payments via PayPal, then you can send a DMCA notice to PayPal and they will block the illegal account after confirming the infringements.

In the articles we have published along with Collis notes post, you can find an article about how to use the Whois Lookup tool, this tool can help you out to know what’s the specific hosting company behind a website.

Thanks!

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Ibby Staff says

Okay, then look for a marketplace where everything costs 5 dollar. you can take down 95% of the whole video section.

a rough guess: that is copyright infrictions in over 2000 cases. of course forgetting the thousands of gigs that authors have removed theirselves already.

When can we expect something happening there?

edit/ I am sure many videohive authors are willing to collect links to copied materials when you use them for a big dmca or even to shut down the whole crappy marketplace. We should have a lot of links in just a few days.

Please keep in mind that when an illegal website is still online or its content is still available is because the hosting company doesn’t help us out to remove that specific content.

However, you don’t always need to wait until Envato sends a DMCA, authors also retain ownership of their work, so you can always try sending your own DMCA too, that’s why we are providing these resources. Sending a DMCA is not hard at all, it’s a very straightforward process, what it’s really hard is receiving a proper response from these companies after sending an abuse report.

Thanks!

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