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The scale of copyright infringements and piracy of online materials is pretty staggering. In 2010 online piracy was estimated to amount to $59* billion of lost revenue. This has a big impact in the entertainment industry but also the computer software and online publishing industries including elearning. If you are creating content that includes ebooks, books, online courses to promote your as part of your professional services business you may be affected.
Once you have found copyright infringements of your materials there is a process to follow that includes issuing a DMCA ‘Take down’ request to Google. DMCA stands for Digital Millennium Copyright Act. DMCA is a United States federal law that was signed into lawin October 1998 that seeks to balance the rights of owners and users of copyrighted digital material. The law implements two 1996 World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) treaties: the WIPO Copyright Treaty and the WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty. Before you can submit to Google you will need to collate all your copyrighted materials and then also collate a list of URLs infringing your copyright. The process is fairly straightforward but time consuming. As a content creator with copyrighted content on Amazon, Udemy, the App Store and Google Play Store I have perhaps not made copyright infringement a high enough priority. However, I released another online course recently and this prompted me to look at the matter again. In a forum someone recommended a new tool to me. This tool is called Blasty. The main benefit of Blasty is that you can get your copyrighted materials removed from offending websites much more quickly. Please note this is not a sponsored post. I am happy to feature Blasty on our blog because the tool has saved me time and will save you time too plus it is free to use in its current Beta phase.
Here is the Blasty explanation video. The product is curently in its Beta phase.
This is a screenshot of me logged into Blasty. In the screen shot below you can see Google search results for some of my copyrighted materials. Most of the results appear legitimate except for the last result which is a site offering an illegal download of my latest course for free. After taking the screenshot I clicked on ‘Blast’ and this started the quick process of contacting Google who then instruct to remove the content infringing my copyright. It is a very quick process.
After I have initiated any ‘Blasts’ against pirate website my Blasty dashboard is clear as you can see from the screenshot below. However, one feature that I really appreciate is that Blasty proactively searches for other potential copyright infringements. Look to the top right hand corner of the screenshot below and you can see that Blasty has identified a further 31 websites with potential copyright infringements. I need to review those and blast if necessary.
If you did not want to use Blasty there is another website here that offers both Done-For-You and Do-It-Yourself DMCA Take Down services. My recommendation is that you give Blasty a try. I hope you find this information useful.
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