I have a few questions about the DMCA takedown process. A friend of mine is a webcam model for a video chat site. She lives outside of the U.S. and because of this she has had difficulty getting videos of her public and private shows removed from various third party sites. It is unclear to me at this point whether or not the difficulty stems from the websites' unwillingness to remove the content based on her location, or if it is more a matter of her not fully understanding the English language and not meeting the requirements for an effective DMCA takedown notice. So my questions are:
What makes for an effective DMCA takedown notice specifically in regards to websites that host pornographic material?
Is a website more likely to respond to a DMCA takedown notice if the notice comes from within the United States?
If the answer to the previous question is Yes: how would someone from outside of the United States authorize someone residing in the United States to send a DMCA takedown notice on their behalf?
When sending a DMCA takedown notice, does one send the notice directly to the website in question?
Many pornographic websites have a DMCA link on their page. One such site has this to say when clicking that link:
Requesting for DMCA removal
Depending on which part of example.tv site your material (videos or pictures) was posted, you can request for removal. If you wish to remove any material (picture or video) or have some information changed, you must identify yourself and prove that you are who you claim to be. To do so, you can simply take a picture of you (with face) holding a sign with the following written: "I am MODEL NAME for example.tv". Attach this picture when sending your request to email@example.com.
- My final question - supposing we send a takedown notice to a website; might they be more inclined to remove the content had we played by their rules? Is this something a model should consider doing or would it be better to take the formal legal route of sending a DMCA takedown notice?
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