Suppose that an app developer, A, finds that a website is distributing copies of A's copyrighted app, without permission. A has sent DMCA takedown notices to the site, but has received no response.

Suppose that the site also hosts Micro$oft apps and apps by other major companies.

Suppose alos that the site made some clever download link system where the actual files are downloaded from random servers that are not easy to track. The links expire so links cannot be shared to the operators of those download servers:

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    You should probably change this to be generic rather than calling out a specific site.
    – D M
    Dec 10, 2021 at 10:36
  • @DM why would that help?
    – phoog
    Dec 10, 2021 at 19:14
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    @phoog I was thinking it would be less likely to trigger a "legal advice" closure.
    – D M
    Dec 10, 2021 at 21:46
  • @DM I have made such an edit, in the face of some votes to close. Dec 11, 2021 at 3:08
  • @DM I don't suppose that the identity of the copyright pirate has much bearing on whether the question is a request for legal advice.
    – phoog
    Dec 12, 2021 at 2:16

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If a website takes down something that infringes on your copyright because of a DMCA request, the legal effect is that you can’t sue the website, only the person who put the content on the website.

If a website doesn’t respond to a DMCA request, then you can sue the person responsible AND the website. And that’s what you would have to do: Sue them.

And in extreme cases copyright infringement can be criminal; in that case the police might go after the website.

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