How to File a DMCA Complaint with Google
If your content has been stolen and posted elsewhere online, we recommend first asking politely that it be removed or properly attributed, then sending DMCA complaints to the thief as well as his or her hosting service, ad hosts, and affiliate partners.
We also recommend filing a DMCA complaint with major search engines such as Google, as stolen versions of your content may also be stealing search traffic from you.
How to Request that Content be Removed from Google Web Search
Google provides a convenient form through which you can request the removal of law-violating content from its various services (Web Search among them).
To request that stolen content be removed from Google Web Search:
- Visit Google’s content removal form
- Select Web Search; more options will appear below
- Select “I have a legal issue that is not mentioned above”; more options will appear below
- Select “I have found content that may violate my copyright”; more options will appear below
- Select “Yes, I am the copyright owner or am authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed”; more options will appear below
- Select “Yes” (so long as you wish to proceed given the warnings about misrepresentation Google presents above); more options will appear below
- Select the format of the work that has been stolen (text, image, music, or video)
- Fill out and file your request
Be prepared to enter the following information into the form:
- First name
- Last name
- Company name (optional)
- Email address
- Country / region
- Identification and description of your copyrighted work (a description of what it looks like, where the text begins and how it begins, title, author, etc.)
- The URL where an example of the copyrighted work can be viewed
- The URL at which the infringing material can be found
Template for Filing a DMCA Complaint with Google
Date: [Month, DD, YYYY]
Attn: Google Search, DMCA complaints
1600 Amphitheatre Parkway
Mountain View CA 94043
To Whom It May Concern,
This letter is a Notice of Infringement as authorized in § 512(c) of the U.S. Copyright Law under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). I wish to report an instance of Copyright Infringement. The infringing material appears on the Service for which you are the designated agent.
1. The copyrighted material, which I contend belongs to me and appears illegally on the Service, is the following:
[Work type- e.g. article, photo, video, blog post] titled “[Title]” by [Name], posted on [Month, DD, YYYY]
It appears at: [URL of your work]
2. The page infringing the copyrighted work appears at the website address: [URL]
This site appears in Google search results for “[Search Terms]” as well as other search terms.
3. My contact information is as follows:
4. I have a good faith belief that use of the copyrighted materials as described above is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.
5. 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.
[Printed Full Name]