How to File a DMCA Notice

Who Can Issue a DMCA Notice? Anyone can — including you. Upon finding your content on another site that has published it without your knowledge or consent, you are well within your rights under the DMCA to issue a takedown notice to the ISP hosting that site.

How Do You Issue a DMCA Notice?

Another way the DMCA offers protection to publishers is by not requiring an attorney or any other legal entity to issue takedown notices. You can do this yourself, in letter format, as long as the notice contains certain pieces of information:

  • Location of the content infringing on your copyright: the URL where the plagiarized work is found; the title; any other identifying information
  • Location of the original content: the URL, the title
  • Your contact information: this allows the ISP to contact you while investigating your claim
  • A “good faith” statement: this basically means you have good reason to believe the use of the content you’re citing in your notice has not been authorized by the owner — you
  • An accuracy statement: your word that the information you’re including in your DMCA notice is true to the best of your knowledge
  • Your signature: it’s best if this is an actual manual signature and not an e-signature.