The Definitive List of Takedown Notice Forms

Are you looking for a certain company’s takedown notice form?

You’ve come to the right place.

Does my word not convince you? I bet this ninja karate chopping a computer will.

The Definitive List of Takedown Notices | foodbloggerpro.com

Convinced now?

Good.

🙂

Before we look through the list I want to talk about what a takedown notice is and when I think you should use them.

Quick tip: Want to watch a video instead of read the post? You can scroll to the bottom of this post to check out the “video recap” from our YouTube channel.

1. What is a takedown notice is?

A takedown notice is when you (the blogger) send a notice to a company asking them to takedown a certain piece of content.

What is a takedown notice?

There are a variety of reasons why someone might do this, but bloggers usually perform a takedown notice because someone has copied their content without their permission.

2. When should I use a takedown notice?

Almost never. That’s what I’d suggest at least. We’ve done less than ten takedown notices in Pinch of Yum’s 4+ years. We’ve never sent a takedown notice for Food Blogger Pro.

Why?

Because they take so. darn. long.

Your time is better spent creating new content.

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Not only does sending a takedown notice take a long time, but it’s also possible that someone using your content can actually help your blog. That’s for an entirely different post though, which (luck you!) I’ve already written.

Here’s the thing though: the few times we have sent a takedown notice it takes way too long to find the respective website’s takedown notice form or contact info.

That’s why I’m writing this post. My hope is that this information cuts down the time it takes to send a takedown notice for those few times when you decide it’s necessary.

If you don’t need the info in this post you can bookmark it and come back to it at a time when (if?) you do need it.

Here’s when it makes sense to send a takedown notice:

  1. The site that’s copying your content doesn’t provide a link back to your blog and it looks like the copied content they have on their site will negatively impact your SEO or social media traffic.
  2. It’s annoying. As in, you get really annoyed by the fact that someone is copying your content and using it for their own personal gain. Even if it doesn’t impact your blog there are times when it’s just plain annoying to have someone benefiting from your hard work. If you find that you’re getting angry or frustrated then you’ll probably feel better if you do something to stop the person from copying your content.

Looking for an example? Check out this post on the FBP community forum: Someone stole my recipes and published in a cookbook

Alright, with those two things out of the way, here’s the list:

Social Media

1. Facebook

Copyright Report Form: https://www.facebook.com/help/contact/1409697672616547

2. Instagram

Reporting Copyright Infringements: https://help.instagram.com/454951664593304

3. Twitter

Report copyright infringement:

4. Pinterest

Copyright Infringement Notification: https://www.pinterest.com/about/copyright/dmca-pin/

5. Google+ and Picasa

Report alleged copyright infringement: Google+ Photos and Picasa Web Albums: https://support.google.com/legal/troubleshooter/1114905?hl=en

6. Flickr

Copyright and Intellectual Property Policy: https://www.verizonmedia.com/policies/us/en/verizonmedia/ip/index.html

Information must be sent via email to [email protected]

Blogging Sites

1. Blogger

Report alleged copyright infringement:

2. WordPress.com

Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) Notice: https://automattic.com/dmca-notice/

3. Tumblr

DMCA Copyright Notifications: https://www.tumblr.com/dmca

General Websites

When your content is copied and used on a website that doesn’t use one of the sites above (Blogger, WordPress.com, or Tubmlr) then you’ll need to send your takedown notice directly to the hosting company.

One more reminder: Before contacting the hosting company I’d recommend that you reach out to the site owner and try this approach.

If you decide that you want to request the content to be removed then you’ll need to do three things:

  1. Find the website’s hosting company
  2. Create your DMCA takedown notice
  3. Send the hosting company your DMCA takedown notice

1. Find the website’s hosting company

Use whois.net to find the website’s hosting company. You’re looking for the website’s hosting information, not necessarily the registrar URL. You’ll usually see the hosting information listed under “Name Server:”

In the screenshot below we can see that the hosting company is Media Temple.

Name Server from Whois

2. Create your DMCA takedown notice

There are a handful of items you need to include when creating a DMCA takedown notice. You can read about those requirements here.

You can create a DMCA takedown notice from scratch, but it’s much easier to to use a generator like this one and then copy the output. You can tweak the content if you’d like but you shouldn’t have to.

3. Send the hosting company your DMCA takedown notice

After finding the hosting company and creating your takedown notice you’ll need to send it to the hosting company. Email works fine, but we’ve included fax numbers when available just in case you’re feeling retro. 🙂

DMCA Contact Info for Common Hosting Companies

1. Dreamhost

Email: [email protected]

2. Bluehost

Email: [email protected]
Fax: 801.765.1992

3. MediaTemple

Email: [email protected]
Fax: 310.943.3559

4. LiquidWeb

Email: [email protected]
Fax: 517.322.0493

5. GoDaddy

Email: [email protected]

5. HostGator

Fill out this form.

6. 1&1

Email: [email protected]
Fax: 610.560.1505

7. Inmotion

Email: [email protected]hosting.com
Fax: 310–482–6969

8. Dyn

Email: [email protected]

Businesses

It’s not uncommon for food bloggers to find their recipes and photos copied into eBooks that are sold on Amazon. The process to have these eBooks removed from Amazon is the same as the process outlined above for general websites.

1. Amazon

Email: [email protected]
Fax: 206.266.7010

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What about you?

Have you ever submitted a takedown notice? Did it work? Are there any companies or services that you think I should add to this list?

I’d love to hear from you!

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9 Comments

  1. As usual great info! I have learned a lot from you folks that has helped me with my own site, thanks.

  2. Hi Bjork! I found your site through Dianne Jacob’s interview with you. What an amazing resource this is! You and Lindsay and POY and FBP are totally totally amazing. The FBP blogs are beyond incredibly helpful! I’ve been reading non-stop since yesterday 🙂
    A question: Is there a way to track/protect your content being copied? There are a ton of sites on Facebook that are for Indian cooking enthusiasts and they are filled with images stolen from various bloggers. (Yes, I’m saying stolen. They even trim off watermarks!) They come to the victim’s notice only when a fellow-blogger points it out. Facebook has gotten a lot better at taking them down though 🙂 But I’m wondering if there is a way to keep track, instead of waiting for someone else to find it!