How to Notify Google About Content Theft

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Google AdSenseIf you’re a blogger who has been at it for a while, you’ve probably run across other blogs stealing your content at one point or another. These are commonly referred to as scrapers, and will often use your content to post Google AdSense ads and make money off your work.

A post on Google’s Inside AdSense Blog is directing users with this problem to the company’s process for handling the situation. File a report by following the steps Google has outlined:

1. Identify in sufficient detail the copyrighted work that you believe has been infringed.

2. Identify the material that you claim is infringing the copyrighted work listed in item #1 –  Identify each page that allegedly contains infringing material by providing its URL.

3. Provide information reasonably sufficient to permit Google to contact you (email address is preferred).

4. Include the following statement: "I have a good faith belief that use of the copyrighted materials as described above is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law."

5. Include the following statement: "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."

6. Sign the paper.

7. Send to the address or FAX shown here.

The second step there could be time consuming depending on how long your content has been scraped.

Gergana Marinova of AdSense Publisher Support notes that only the copyright holder should bother reporting infringements, as they cannot accept reports from third-parties. Copyright holders can also report violations to Google Webmaster Guidelines where they can fill out a form.

How to Notify Google About Content Theft
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  • http://myows.com myows


    I applaud you for this well written article and recommended it on twitter – It’s a shame that google wont accept such notices via email.

  • http://www.plagiarismtoday.com Jonathan Bailey

    Just a heads up, there is a way to email a DMCA to Google. I’ve done it many times before. It is a bit of a hack and requires a scanned copy of your signature, but it works faster than faxing an is the only solution if you don’t have the ability to fax easily.


  • Guest

    There are tools to help such as Tynt

  • http://hubpages.com/profile/dame+scribe Gin

    I am relieved to know *G* is helping to prevent such thefts from going on as I have been on the receiving end of *scraping* and found it quite annoying. Thank you Google! :)

  • http://theescortsfemalewin.com george bennett

    This website is stealing a lot of people content off the internet and redirection back to there main website.

  • http://unglossmagazine.com Lauren-Noelle

    You might want to see this:


    It’s on Google over you.

    I just found a scraper with someone else’s content … since the procedure is so difficult, I guess I’ll send it to the blog owners if they share their email. Sigh.

  • http://bestcompactsystemcamera.co.uk/ best csc camera blog

    it doesnt work anymore. My previous host decided to shut down the business without notifying me. My domain got bought (which is ok) but the new owners stole my 8 years content and filled it up with anchor texts for back hat SEO.

    While I am VERY annoyed by this the problem is that I can not use MY content on a new web site as google will penalise me. I am trying to findproper ways of contacting them but it seems impossible :(

    anyone can assist?

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