Hi. I recently used the "suggested email" template to send to copyright infringing sites and sent it to GoDaddy.com and they misunderstood it. Maybe it needs clarification?
This was how I used the template in my email to GoDaddy.com:
I am writing to you to avail myself of my rights under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). This letter is a Notice of Infringement as authorized in Ã�Â§512 of the U.S. Copyright Law.
1. The copyrighted work at issue is the text that appears on:
It is an article entitled "A Beginner's Guide To Facebook: Learn The Basics Of Facebook" which I published on HubPages last May 30, 2009.
2. The URLs where my copyrighted material is located include:
http://marketingbyraj.com/2010/10/21/a- … -facebook/
http://marketingbyraj.com/category/teac … -yourself/
3. My contact information is as follows:
Susan Ng Yu
*my email address
*my telephone number
4. I have a good faith belief that use of the copyrighted materials described above as allegedly infringing 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.
Susan Ng Yu
This is their reply:
Dear Susan Ng Yu,
Thank you for contacting Go DaddyÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½s Copyright Claims Department. We are committed to assisting intellectual property owners in taking action against IP infringement.
The domain name HUBPAGES.COM is not registered through Go Daddy; the website is registered and hosted elsewhere and we have no control over the website or its content. Any issues regarding the content of the website will either need to be addressed directly to the owner of the site or to the web hosting provider (who should be in a position to assist you with your concerns).
To determine who the web hosting provider is, you can use a
publicly-available tool like http://www.kloth.net/servicesnslookup.php. This tool will give you the resolving IP address which can then be compared to ARIN.net's (http://www.arin.net) IP allocation database. This will give you the relevant information for the true hosting provider.
Reply to them and say the problem is not with hubpages.com, that is where you, the copyright owner, published the original content, and that the copyright infringement is caused by marketingbyraj.com
I don't quite understand. Why were you emailing Godaddy?
The first step is to contact the owner of the site and complain to him. If he doesn't comply, you can complain to Adsense as he is displaying Adsense on his website.
I do agree that the wording is a bit ambiguous. If you read it, it's not clear whether the original is at item 1 or item 2. So yes, I believe it could be improved and I do change the wording when I use it.
My assumption is that marketingbyraj.com is hosted on GoDaddy's servers, and as such they can be notified that one of their hosted clients are in breach of copyright.
The HubPages template is straight forward enough and even numbered in point form. So the misunderstanding is that of the Miss Molly of the Copyright Department.
But sometimes that happens. And once you repeat or clarify your issue and they understand it it gets sorted out quick enough.
I have an issue with item 2. It says "The URLs where my copyrighted material IS LOCATED include:"
I always change that to "...where my copyrighted material HAS BEEN PUBLISHED WITHOUT MY PERMISSION include"
"is located" just says where it is - not that it's not supposed to be there.
Your assumption would be correct, darkside, although my conclusion that the infringing site was hosted by GoDaddy was not. The details of how I came to that conclusion are in another forum thread, but that's irrelevant now.
And I will remember the changes that you made to the template, Marisa. That would make it a lot clearer. Hopefully, I won't have the need to use it again though. Hehe. Thanks for the help, guys.
I already did, darkside. Thanks. I just thought I'd post the issue here as it might help HubPages improve the template in the future.
The template that HubPages put together satisfies many sites NOI notification requirements, but not all of them. It's best to read up on what a site or host requires in the way of notification and then editing the template to meet those requirements.
But then sometimes you get a staff person, like the lady Molly who replied to you, who completely misunderstand the email, and then you just have to write back and restate the problem.
The site is hosted on WEBSITEWELCOME (dot) COM
You will need to contact them with the DMCA notice.
websitewelcome.com is a private label domain owned by hostgator.
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