Protect your content
Starting to work in webcam, many models are wondering about the protection of materials that are broadcast through webcam sites. The problem of illegal copying of content models is widely discussed in the webcam industry. It is impossible to physically save the content from theft or copying, but it is possible to protect the rights to Your content. There are many ways to protect the copyright of the content that the webcam model can use. One of the most popular and effective is the DMCA.
In this article, we’ll try to explain in detail what DMCA is and why we recommend using it to protect your rights to unique content on the web.
What gives the DMCA?
The Digital Millenium Copyright Act or DMCA is the U.S. digital Millennium copyright Act, which defines liability for online copyright infringement and at the same time protects providers from liability for user actions.
Infringing content may be removed by takedown notice from services and search engines that are registered in the United States only. Does that mean the DMCA won’t help? Not at all. Most often, a removal request is submitted to a provider or search engine (such as Google). Large companies and providers adhere to copyright law, even if they are not registered in the United States. This means that using DMCA is likely to help protect your content from illegal use.
You can send takedown notice on your own behalf, or you can contact the Agency that provides the service. The second option assumes that the Agency will send a request with your contact details, not Yours. This will keep your privacy.
WebCam sites that offer DMCA service
Not all webcam sites provide this service. If the site in which You happen to be broadcasting offers a service for sending requests for content removal on the basis of the DMCA, then this is the best option possible. You will save not only your time, but also nerves. The chance that Your content will be removed becomes much higher if the request is sent by the site or Agency, as, unfortunately, the owners of popular webcam sites have a more significant voice than the individual performer. Just as in the case of treatment through the Agency, if the removal request will be submitted by the site, Your personal data will not appear. It is worth noting that sites that provide DMCA services have special tools to search for illegally copied content.
An example of a webcam site that supports DMCA and will absolutely defend the interests of its models is BongaCams and StripChat. We are working to expand the list and provide you with more information.
Another possible option is to contact the Agency to file a takedown notice. One of such agencies is directly to the website of the DMCA.
The Agency has special scanners that check websites on the Internet for illegally copied content. That allows you to quickly find and remove stolen materials.
By signing up on the website-the Agency and placing their banner on your channel You: first, make a copy of Your content is much more difficult for pirates, because copying of the content they run the risk of being caught. The page with the stolen materials will be deleted, and the site can even be blocked by search engines. Pirates copy the content to monetize their resources, and risk losing such a resource may well discourage them from Your streams second, by placing a banner before the incident, You get a free one-time service by sending the takedown notice from the Agency.
Self-service request for deletion
Of course, you can send a request to delete the content that you own the copyright. This is a risky undertaking as it will require personal data to be sent, which may end up in the hands of third parties during the DMCA proceedings. But if you decide to make a request, read our recommendations:
- Use a fake email address, a physical address from another city, and a phone number from another region.
- Different sites (search engines, web-hosts) have different rules for submission of takedown notice. So, for web hosting companies you may need contact information of the offending website, the pirates of this information of course does not provide. If you decide to submit a request on your own, try to follow the rules of submitting the request as much as possible, even if you cannot provide all the information.