Clean up on Aisle 5

Reporting Copyright Infringement on Google Owned Sites and Blogs

Written by Jen Baldwin, Caveon Web Patrol

April 21, 2014

You’re searching on the internet for illegal sharing of your test material and bingo! You find four blogs, each sharing a demo containing your exact test questions, all linking to the same braindump selling your test. You can easily go to the braindump’s web site to find the contact email and write a DMCA takedown notification to the owner of the web site and get your content removed immediately. But, how do you contact the owner of the blog whose posts are waving your test questions around like a neon flag? Most likely there is no contact information for the blogger. Immediate clean-up is imperative to prevent other blogs and web sites from syphoning and selling the post of your test questions. If that blog is hosted on Blogspot or Blogger, you’ll need to contact Google to get the content removed. 

Cleaning up a blogger’s mess may seem like a daunting task since there are so many choices to select on Google to get to the correct takedown request form.  How do you know you are making the correct selections and filling out the appropriate form?  Here’s how:

Navigate to:

https://support.google.com/legal/troubleshooter/1114905?product=blogger&rd=2

Then make the following selections to get you to the correct form:

1) Select – Blogger/Blogspot

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2) Select – I have a legal issue that is not mentioned above

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3) Select – I have found content that may violate my copyright

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4) Select – Yes, I am the copyright owner or am authorized to act on the copyright owner's behalf

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5) Select – Other

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6) Click on – 'Please use this form to submit your request’

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Once you have the form open, fill out all questions.

We find that Google generally responds within two weeks and removes the specified page from the blog. As a rule, don’t consider the matter solved. Although the content has been removed, continue monitoring to make sure the infringed content doesn’t return.

Cleaning up the mess left behind by bloggers stealing your intellectual property can be done quickly and easily.  To protect your exams from costly exposure, don’t wait for a minor spill to turn into a major flood.

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