The Random Thoughts of a Geek heading for Banbury
The Random Thoughts of a Geek heading for Banbury

I feel kind of dirty

I have just sent my first DMCA takedown note.

My name is Philip McGaw and owner of //
A website that your company hosts (according to WHOIS information) is infringing on at least one copyright owned by myself.

An article was copied onto your servers without permission.

The original article, to which we own the exclusive copyrights, can be found at:


The unauthorized and infringing copy can be found at:
This letter is official notification under Section 512(c) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (”DMCA”), and I seek the removal of the aforementioned infringing material from your servers. I request that you immediately notify the infringer of this notice and inform them of their duty to remove the infringing material immediately, and notify them to cease any further posting of infringing material to your server in the future.

Please also be advised that law requires you, as a service provider, to remove or disable access to the infringing materials upon receiving this notice. Under US law a service provider, such as yourself, enjoys immunity from a copyright lawsuit provided that you act with deliberate speed to investigate and rectify ongoing copyright infringement. If service providers do not investigate and remove or disable the infringing material this immunity is lost. Therefore, in order for you to remain immune from a copyright infringement action you will need to investigate and ultimately remove or otherwise disable the infringing material from your servers with all due speed should the direct infringer, your client, not comply immediately.

I am providing this notice in good faith and with the reasonable belief that rights I own are being infringed. Under penalty of perjury I certify that the information contained in the notification is both true and accurate, and I have the authority to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright(s) involved.

Should you wish to discuss this with me please contact me directly.

Thank you.

Philip McGaw

{Address block removed}

I got the template letter for my DMCA takedown notice from IPWatchdog,

While I have never received a DMCA takedown notice, and probably would laugh at some one for sending me one; (my server is in Leeds, UK) because they don’t have any legal standing in the UK, and while as far as I am aware there is no UK equivalent of the crazy US law, I would probably act on it; or at least work out a way to mitigate.

unfortunately for GadgetDegree they are in the US, and so are their Servers.

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