How I get stolen content taken OFF the Internet
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How I get stolen content taken OFF the Internet

Learn how to draft and send DMCA Takedown notices and counter notices to get stolen content taken off of the Internet.
4.8 (8 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
900 students enrolled
Created by Zachary Strebeck
Last updated 10/2015
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  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 8 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Get stolen content taken down off of the Internet
  • Get content put back up that has been taken down from someone else
  • Learn what an ISP has to do to avoid liability for hosting that stolen content
  • Understand how to analyze copyright infringement for Internet content
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  • All you need is a web browser, a word processor and a little detective work!
  • Join over 500 students who enrolled in the first 24 hours that the course was available!
  • Learn what to do when someone steals your Internet content - from a practicing attorney!
  • Get sample letter templates that you can put to use!

Content creators who have had their work stolen and reposted on the Internet know how awful that can be, both personally and for business.

This course will teach you how to respond to this stolen content and walk you through the following:

  • analyzing a stolen content situation
  • finding the right ISP to send a takedown notice to
  • getting the content taken down by drafting and sending a DMCA takedown notice
  • responding to a takedown if you believe you had a right to post something
  • understanding the responsibilities an ISP has regarding takedowns and the DMCA

The course also includes numerous resources, including:

  • sample takedown letters that you can use to get stolen content taken off the Internet
  • a free Fair Use eBook to help you in your analysis
  • links and addresses for popular sites that you can use to put this information into practice
  • links to a number of helpful resources to help broaden your knowledge of the subject

If you create content on the Internet, this course is for you!

Legal Disclaimer: This course is for informational purposes only, and is not a substitute for real, specific legal advice. Viewing this course does not create an attorney-client relationship between the viewer and I. If you have a legal issue, please see an attorney for advice specific to your needs.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is appropriate for all types of content creators, including Udemy instructors, bloggers, artists and developers. While I recommend that you use an attorney, this course will give you the skills and resources to send a takedown notice or counter notice yourself.
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Curriculum For This Course
31 Lectures
Course Introduction - What is the DMCA?
4 Lectures 04:03

A quick note about what resources I've included with this course, including bonus content, pdf checklists and cheat sheets, and a free eBook for more information on one important course concept.

Preview 00:50

In this video, we get a little background on the DMCA, including its history, purpose and what parts make up the law. I'll try to make it as painless as possible.

Preview 01:35

Unit 1: Resources
13 pages
Fighting Infringement With a DMCA Takedown Letter
12 Lectures 28:37

In this video, I'll walk you through an overview of what you'll learn in this Unit on writing a DMCA takedown letter.

Preview 02:03

This video contains a brief intro to copyright law, as you need to determine whether or not you actually own a copyright before sending a DMCA takedown letter. We also discuss the benefits of registering your copyright before sending the notice.

Preview 03:25

This video discusses the next step in the process, which is to determine if the other person's use is actually infringing your copyright.

Step Two: Determining whether there has actually been infringement

One of the most important things when analyzing copyright infringement is fair use. We look at an overview of this popular defense to copyright infringement in this video.

Preview 03:25

My eBook about Fair Use - it goes into more detail about the four factors and provides some sample analysis of different situations. This should be helpful in deciding whether or not there is infringement.

BONUS: My "Understanding Fair Use" eBook
58 pages

In this video, we discuss the jurisdiction limits of the DMCA and whether or not the ISP would be covered by it. We also look at how the party that uploaded the infringing content can change the analysis.

Step Three: Is the ISP even covered by the DMCA?

In this video, I walk you through my process for tracking down the particular place where a DMCA takedown notice should be sent. We cover "whois" lookups, finding hosts, and tracking down Terms of Service, among other topics in this video. I have included a few live screencasts of my search for you to watch, as well.

Step Four: Where do you send the DMCA takedown notice?

This video is the meat of the takedown content: we learn exactly what you need to have in your takedown letter.

Step Five: Drafting the DMCA takedown notice

Watch me fill out a sample takedown letter using the template that I've included with the course.

Using the provided DMCA Takedown Notice template

My DMCA takedown notice template

DMCA Takedown Letter template
2 pages

Further concerns after sending the DMCA takedown notice

Unit 2: Resources
5 pages
Fighting back: Drafting and sending a DMCA Counter Notice
8 Lectures 13:59

This video gives an overview of what we'll learn in this Unit regarding the sending of DMCA counter notices to get content put back up. We also discuss some of the considerations you should make before you send that counter notice.

An overview: Using a DMCA Counter Notice to get content put back up

In this video, we look at the legal requirements for a DMCA Counter Notice.

Drafting the DMCA Counter Notice

A demonstration of how to use the counter notice template included in the course, from filling it out to sending it.

Using the provided DMCA Counter Notice template

My DMCA Counter Notice template

DMCA Counter Notice template
3 pages

A discussion of what may happen after you've sent the counter notice to get your content put back up.

What to expect after filing the DMCA Counter Notice

Unit 3: Resources
2 pages

In this bonus video, we'll look at YouTube's Content ID system, which allows certain copyright owners to automate the process of dealing with copyright infringement. However, when it affects you, you should know how to deal with a Content ID flag or face the consequences!

BONUS: Understanding YouTube's Content ID system

In this BONUS video, I discuss what Copyright Strikes are on YouTube, how they affect you as a content creator and what can be done to get rid of them. I also discuss what to do when you want to do a takedown against someone who has infringed on your YouTube content.

BONUS: What to do about YouTube Copyright strikes
The DMCA requirements for an Internet Service Provider
4 Lectures 03:10

In this video, I introduce the topic of ISP requirements under the DMCA.

Internet Service Provider Overview

In this video, we look at the various requirements that an ISP must meet in order to qualify for the DMCA safe harbor and escape liability for their users' copyright infringement.

The ISP DMCA Requirements

This pdf outlines the safe harbor requirements for less common ISP types.

Other Types of ISP Safe Harbors
3 pages

Unit 4: Resources
7 pages
BONUS VIDEOS: Live takedown demonstrations
2 Lectures 08:48

In this video, you can watch as I use YouTube's automated takedown system to get a video taken down under the DMCA.

BONUS: YouTube DMCA Takedown Demonstration

In this Bonus video, I do a live takedown demonstration of an actual infringing blog post! This one has a special wrinkle that I explain - what to do when the IP address is from RIPE or another bulk IP address purchaser.

SPECIAL BONUS: Watch me do a LIVE, real-world DMCA takedown demonstration
1 Lecture 01:47

In this video, we go over what we've learned in the course and talk about other resources available for students. Thanks for sticking with the course, and please take 30 seconds to review it. That helps me produce new content for you to enjoy!

About the Instructor
Zachary Strebeck
4.8 Average rating
8 Reviews
900 Students
1 Course
California lawyer, blogger and instructor

I am a graduate of Pepperdine University School of Law, holding both J.D. and Masters of Dispute Resolution degrees.

As a former animator and game designer, I've practice on helping content creators and Internet entrepreneurs like myself realize their dreams and protect their assets.

I'm also a digital nomad who runs my practice entirely virtually while traveling the world.