Ah the never ending loop of sending takedown notices only to see the same sites repopulate your copyrighted materials through another user. It’s a vicious cycle and unfortunately won’t be squashed any time soon because pirate sites don’t care. So how can we further combat the problem? Let me share you something that was passed on to me.
You know that old phrase when you’re searching for something on the internet called “Just Google it”? There’s your answer.
Fun fact: Most of the file pirate sites get their money (it takes a LOT of money to run a file sharing site) through click-through links, ad money, etc. Unless, of course, they’re distributing malware with the files which many do. That makes me all warm inside to think that people illegally downloading copyrighted material might get a little nefarious virus on their computer that could potentially crash or steal information. Karma, bitches.
So one way to choke them off is to remove the links from Google, the biggest search engine out there. Whether other search engines give you the same recourse, I have no idea. I searched on Bing and turned up nada. So, if you choke off the access points AKA searchable pages, the average person who isn’t a “file sharer” and who doesn’t know any better will have a harder time finding those files. Hard core asshole pirates won’t be deterred, unfortunately. All you can hope for is they eat a bad dose of fast food and bleed out through their ass.
Where do you go to report a link to Google? Right here —-> https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/dmca-dashboard?hl=en
File DMCA complaints through that link and make sure to include all the information.
The more people who complain about the same websites will eventually get Google’s notice, and then Google will start delisting the whole site for repetitive violations. Due diligence is a must. Tell the other authors from your publisher or social group and tell them about the sites you find. Encourage them to also hammer out a DMCA complaint via the Google link above.
Another addition to the piracy-fighting toolbox: If the site is a WordPress-hosted site (read: free), as opposed to a privately hosted WordPress site, you can file a complaint about the site here —> http://automattic.com/dmca/ A good way to tell is the link will read “http://website.wordpress.com” , much like the url for my blog. Why report it? It’s a violation to their TOS and they’ll yank it down.
Use Search engine optimization on your own website. This makes your site be the first thing that pops up when someone searches for your pen name. Make the purchase links clear and concise. Don’t make them search for a legit way of getting your book.
As always, don’t engage in a verbal spat with a scum-sucking pirate site. Just get the word out to your fellow authors, preferably in private nooks of the internet. Never directly advertise a pirate site by making a vitriol post about them. Keep their name out of it it or it’s like you’re promoting their douchebaggery.