The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) is a federal law that helps protect people from online copyright infringement. If someone discovers that someone else has infringed on their online copyrights they can file a DMCA complaint. An example of this would be copying and pasting content from another website onto yours without being given permission.
DMCA Complaints Showing In Google’s Search Results
In doing a search for “website developer”, if you go to the bottom of the search results you will see this message.
When you click on it to investigate you are taken to this page: https://www.chillingeffects.org/notices/10723914
What is sad is that you read, “Article titled “What to Look for in a Web Designer.” Parts or all of the article have been copied.”
Then it goes on to show some of the sentences that were stolen; word-for-word:
“Most people will tell you that the most important thing is experience” or “If a designer says they’ve been building websites since before 1995, they are almost definitely exaggerating” or “While experience might not be important, having a good portfolio” or “To assess this in a Web designer, you need to know what you need on your website”.
This content was originally posted on http://webdesign.about.com/od/strategy/a/hire_web_design.htm
Finally it shows a list of 18 allegedly infringing URLs! 18! How hard is it to write your own content people? If I was a small business looking for advice or help with digital services I’d definitely stay away from any of these companies.
It’s very discouraging how many people will take content that doesn’t belong to them. It’s also disappointing that Google isn’t able to “police” this situation very well. Hopefully over time, Google will improve in this area.
What To Do When Looking For Internet Marketing Companies
If you are looking for a company to help manage your website, provide copywriting services or other digital marketing services it would be a great idea to do some research on the companies you are interested in. One way you could do this is by going to Chilling Effects and do a search for their domain name.
This way you can see any claims that mention that domain name. Then you should review each one and look at the list of allegedly infringing URLs. If the companies domain name is listed it is probably best to stay away from them since they may be involved in stealing content from other websites either for their own lazy use of for use on their clients websites.
Here is the recreated Copyright Disclaimer.
In response to a complaint we received under the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act, we have removed 1 result(s) from this page. If you wish, you may read the DMCA complaint that caused the removal(s) atChillingEffects.org.