While the threat of digital piracy isn’t going anywhere, you can still ensure your content is safe from being illegally replicated online. Follow these steps to protect content online and prevent digital piracy:
Copyright your work
Even though your work is automatically protected by copyright if it meets the criteria to be qualified as copyright content, copyrighting your work will make it far easier for anti-piracy companies to monitor and take down infringements online, and get it taken down when it occurs.
Report infringement to law enforcement
Reporting digital piracy to law enforcement creates an official record of infringement online and may increase the chances of the content being taken down.
Contact the pirate site
Website owners and domain hosts are usually public information that can be found quickly online. If you need to take down a website for copyright infringement, reach out to the domain registrant, host, and any other contact associated with the site. This tactic can save you more time and stress if they heed your request before you take official action.
A DMCA takedown is an official notice sent to the uploader of the pirated content, as well as other necessary contacts. This notifies them of your ownership of the pirated content they have illegally uploaded, and that it must be removed.
Report pirated content to marketplaces
Sending a DMCA takedown to the original uploader may not prove successful in taking down the pirated content. If your request is ignored and the content was posted on a marketplace or platform, the site administration can help get the content taken down.
Use anti-piracy software
Anti-piracy software offers a completely automated way to track and take down piracy online. Online anti-piracy services like Red Points can identify infringements immediately, and takedown piracy at the source.