With more and more people on social media sharing posts, thoughts and opinions - you might come across your own work on someone else’s page. Don’t worry, we are here to help.
First and foremost, always try to contact the person who posted your work. As hinted above, not everyone is aware of copyright legislation, so it might be an honest mistake, and therefore, one easily solved.
If you spotted your work directly on our website and can’t come to an agreement with the page owner, you will need to file a DMCA takedown notice. To read more about it, read the following article How Do I send a DMCA notification of claimed infringement. You can also read about our policy on our blog: A Fair DMCA Policy for Creators.
In some cases, you might find your work on other websites. In these cases, you will need to research how to file a DMCA notice directly on the platform hosting the work. Not to worry, most websites have their own process in place.
Please note: The DMCA, as a legal document, does require that you provide personal information. It is standard for websites to post such legal documents online. This is like posting a summons or subpoena on a door. As a result your personal information may be publicly shared in this process.
In the rare event that you can’t come to a resolution, you may need to find legal assistance to take the matter further.
You can also take some proactive steps to prevent others from using your work. Don’t be afraid to discuss this with your fans. Let them know that they should not use your work without permission as this is great way to get ahead of the issue and prevent innocent misuse. Specific forms of content might have more extreme methods of protection available such as watermarks for pictures or digital rights management tools for software and other digital media.
Don’t hesitate to contact us if you ever feel the need to discuss copyright with us - we are happy to clarify.