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Apr 26, 2018

Cam girl Content Protection: Privacy & DMCA Takedowns

Cam girl DMCA Takedowns I was a cam girl for many years and I had to deal with this problem over and over again. When I’ve quit working as a cam girl I did take the time…

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Cam girl DMCA Takedowns

I was a cam girl for many years and I had to deal with this problem over and over again. When I’ve quit working as a cam girl I did take the time and try to remove all content. I got busier and busier and totally forgot about it until a couple of days ago… I was talking to a friend who is a member of several cam sites and we talked about this issue that models confront with.

If you as a cam girl, are not part of a studio… who would take care of this issue, then you have to do it yourself. It is time-consuming, it is frustrating, but it must be done if you want your unwanted content to be removed from various websites.

In this article, I will try to give as many pieces of information as I can in order for you to know what to do. I hope you find this helpful and feel free to leave a comment if you have any further questions.

Some Security Tips

Here are some tips on how to minimize your exposure and chances of your recordings showing up online. These tips work, but they come at a cost as well – your income potential. But for some models is worth it.

♦ Use a “watermark” or DMCA logo on your picture or video stream. It has a lower chance to be pirated.

♦  Use “Password Privates” where they are available.

♦ Don’t do public cumshows, and do them only in privates or groups, or not at all, so that people recording you can’t see you do them in public chat.

♦ Change your cam name often, so that it’s harder for people to search for you. Not the best strategy, but some models swear by it.

♦ Don’t have a huge social media presence, including Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, Tumblr, so that your photos can’t be spread as easily and you’re not as visible online. Lock down your Twitter and do the same with other social media.

What Is DMCA

DMCA stands for Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) is a US Federal Law that protects digital content owners and creators. The law was passed in 1998. The best thing about DMCA is that you don’t need a patent, trademark or copyright. If you are the one who created the content, you own the rights to it.

DMCA Gets Stolen Content Removed – DMCA is the most common law leveraged when getting stolen content removed from the internet. The act of requesting the content get removed is called a “DMCA Takedown Notice” or “DMCA Takedown Request”. The DMCA notices can be sent to a number of parties; the infringing website, the web hosting company, the domain registrar, search engines and other entities.

Where To Submit DMCA Notices

The DMCA takedown notices can also be sent out by a number of parties. Independent performers can send out their own requests, although this is not advised. The requests require contact information to be included. This leads to some major privacy concerns and performers have been doxed by doing this.

Who Can Submit DMCA Notices

It’s recommended that either your camming or clip site does this on your behalf, assuming that they’re offering DMCA services. It’s also possible to hire a DMCA agency, which costs some money but gets tremendous results. Going either of these routes, it’ll be their names and contact information rather than yours. This greatly helps protect you and your privacy.

Where You Can Submit DMCA Notices

When people think DMCA, they usually only think of submitting complaints to the infringing website. There are actually tons of different places where DMCA takedown notices can be submitted.

Submitting DMCA Complaints To Infringing Sites

This is usually the first place to start. Some of the other entities (such as affiliate networks and some web hosts) actually require that you first try submitting a complaint to the infringing website. The “Infringing Party” could be a blatant pirate site, or it could be a network where someone uploaded content they don’t have the rights to. If it’s a pirate site, they’re probably hosted overseas and will not remove the content because of a takedown notice by itself.

Some sites have a DMCA statement and takedown policy/process. Whether they honor it? That’s another story. If the site does have a process for reporting infringing material, follow it as best as possible. There are plenty of legitimate sites out there that will respond to the notices and take down the infringing content.

Submitting DMCA Notices To Google / Search Engines

Search engines are one of the largest traffic sources out there. That means they’re also one of the top traffic sources for pirates as well. Luckily, they’re all based inside the United States. Therefore, they all have to honor Western intellectual property laws. This means they’re highly receptive to DMCA complaints.

Google, Bing, and Yahoo are all based out of the United States. Therefore, they all have to honor Western intellectual property laws. A foreign pirate might not remove stolen content from their site. But you’ll at least be able to knock out any search engine rankings for that piece of content. This greatly reduces the impact of the piracy.

Not only do you get the results to your pirated content removed, but Google DMCA complaints also hurt a website’s rankings. Google has stated that the number of removed URLs directly impacts the search engine rankings of a website. This greatly reduces the impact of all pirated content on the site.

Submitting DMCA Notices To Web Hosts

While normal DMCA might get select pieces of content removed, this route has the potential to take down an entire site. That has a much larger impact. Even if the pirate migrated the stolen content to a new site, the traffic would still be wrecked. It also takes time and effort to migrate.

Most web hosts have clear instructions on how to submit a DMCA complaint. Be sure to follow these directions as closely as possible. Some of the directions might ask for things like contact information of the infringing party. Pirates don’t exactly hand this out on a silver platter, so some of this information might be possible to obtain. Do your best and hope for the best.

Platforms For DMCA Monitoring and Takedown

CamModelProtection – CamModelProtection is a DMCA monitoring and protection suite developed specifically for cam models. They’ve got several pricing tiers which provide different levels of service.

DMCA512 – DMCA512 is a DMCA monitoring company that has developed tools that allow them to look for files on tons of sites and even in different languages. DMCA512 actively monitors the internet for your pirated content and submits takedown notices whenever pirated material is discovered.

DMCA.com – DMCA.com gives you all the tools you need to submit your own DMCA takedown notices. They’ve got an easy to use form builder that allows you to generate and download PDF takedown letters. DMCA.com also provides badges for your websites and resources to learn more about DMCA.

Sample DMCA Take Down Notice

Your notice may look like the following to make your claim:

I am the copyright owner of the photographs being infringed at:(insert the link).

This letter is an official notification under the provisions of Section 512(c) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) to effect removal of the above-reported infringements. I request that you immediately issue a cancellation message as specified in RFC 1036 for the specified postings and prevent the infringer, who is identified by its web address, from posting the infringing photographs to your servers in the future. Please be advised that law requires you, as a service provider, to “expeditiously remove or disable access to” the infringing photographs upon receiving this notice. Noncompliance may result in a loss of immunity for liability under the DMCA.

I have a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of here is not authorized by me, the copyright holder, or the law. The information provided here is accurate to the best of my knowledge. I swear under penalty of perjury that I am the copyright holder.

Please send me to the address noted below a prompt response indicating the actions you have taken to resolve this matter.

(your e-mail address)