How to remove pirated sites from Google

If you sell your video courses, software or other digital products on the Internet, chances are that your work has already been pirated. This can be frustrating.

A quick way to fight back is to remove those pirate sites from Google search results.

Step 1: Log into your Google account

For these steps to work, you need a Google account. If you don't have one, create one now.

Step 2: Double-check you have the correct site

If your title is mentioned on a pirate site, you should first check whether it is actually possible to download the file. Make sure there is actual piracy before you report any site to Google.

Step 3: Fill out the Google copyright infringement form

This form can be found here:

https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/dmca-notice?pli=1

Here's how to fill it out:

  • First name and Last name, Email address, Country / Region: self-explanatory
  • Copyright holder you represent: Usually, this will be yourself.
  • Identify and describe the copyrighted work: Here, a very short text is enough. For example, if your name is John Doe and you have published a book called "Self-Help in the Information Age", then you would write something like this:
    Book "Self-Help in the Information Age", written by John Doe and self-published on Amazon.com
  • Where can we see an authorized example of the work?
    "Authorized example" simply means that Google wants to see some kind of information about your work on the Internet. Of course you don't need to send them the entire book. As proof, it is enough to send them your sales page. Or, if you self-published your work on Amazon, the Amazon page for your work.
  • Location of infringing material
    You can enter up to 1000 pirate sites in this box. Of course, you need to make sure that all sites you enter here actually offer your title for illegal download.
  • Sworn Statements
    Make sure you read these, and check the boxes. Most importantly, you have to accept that a copy of your statement will be sent to the Lumen project (an online database of DMCA takedown notices).
  • Signature
    Simply enter the current date and your name

That's it. Click "Submit" to send it off.

Step 3: Follow-Up

Google usually needs a few days to process your complaint.

You can view the status of your complaint in the Removal Dashboard.

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