First Steps to Do When Using This Site:
(1) INSTALL A POP-UP BLOCKER to your browser.
You will be checking for infringements and a lot of these sites (eh, pretty much all of them) are run by nefarious people. Protect your computer when reviewing possible infringements. Below are links to info on pop-up blockers on various browsers. There are many options, these are just a few:
FIREFOX: Techwalla guide and/or Poper Blocker add-on
CHROME: Poper Blocker for Chrome
SAFARI: Lifewire guide
EXPLORER: Lifewire guide
(2) INITIATE AND ACTIVATE A NEW PROJECT
This starts the site working for you. Once you have gone through the very quick project setup and activation process, the site will start finding potential infringements within 24 hours. If you want to jump right in, you can do your own Internet searches and submit Manual Takedowns for immediate action.
(3) CHECK THE SITE DAILY.
Online piracy is the scourge of the Internet and a huge damaging source to independent producers who make their money via online sales. You check every day and we will find infringements every day. Submit Manual Takedowns every day, if you want, as well. The more you are on top of things, the more we can send notices on your behalf and fight for you.
(4) MARK only LEGITIMATE TAKEDOWNS.
Check possible infringements and make sure you select “Takedown” for ONLY infringements that are legitimate. This seems like an obvious thing but make sure you do not request a takedown for a site linked to your distributor, someone you have a distribution deal with, or a trailer linked to your project. We are good at what we do for you and requests on legitimate links are still delivered, if you request them. YOU are responsible for every takedown that you request. Reverses are possible but we’d all rather create the best environment for your project. Also, please check out our FAQ on “Fair Use”. Fair Use is NOT infringement, and can be helpful in spreading the word about your project in lawful and fun ways.
(1) Register as a New User [FREE]
(2) Sign in and Initiate a New Project [FREE]
(3) Activate your Project [$20 per 30-day cycle subscriptions (hint: here is where you enter your promo code, if you have one)]
Watch the quick “Project Central Overview” video in the Video Tutorials Page.
Then either sign in every day and review the 20 possible infringements we find for you a day, if there are any, OR do your own search and enter infringing URLs on the Manual Takedowns page.
To initiate a new project (ie. start tracking down those DMCA violations and doing something about it), go to “Project Central” and click on “Click HERE to register new/additional projects”. Fill in all the details, pay for the first 30 days, and your project will start populating potential Internet DMCA violations for you to review within 24 hours.
You then can check in daily and go to Project Central to Review SEARCH RESULTS of potential infringements we have found for you. You can click the links within each row to see the referenced page (we recommend using pop-up blockers and other privacy/safety measures when looking at illegally streaming sites). If the site IS an infringement, click “Takedown“, if it is NOT an infringement, click “Ignore“. Once you have curated all the results, go to the bottom of the page and click “Submit Changes“. We do all the rest!
You can even add Takedowns we did not find by going to Project Central and selecting “Manual Takedown” (Remember to paste in the full URL before submitting the infringement). Again, we take care of the rest.
Copyright Slap makes it easier for independent producers of intellectual property (starting with film/tv/web producers) to fight online piracy. This site is the brainchild of a film producer who had his first big project ripped and put online, cutting dramatically into many VOD revenue streams. Once pirated, this producer spent 2 hours a day compiling infringing urls, finding who to send to, and preparing DMCA violation notices trying to get illegal postings of his film takendown, and after a month and a half this producer realized that it was a losing battle with the current tools at hand.
Enter Copyright Slap — this site is designed to help you fight online piracy.
Copyright Slap compiles a list of potential illegal pages related to your project and then makes it possible for you to send 20+ takedowns a day, within a matter of minutes. WITHIN A MATTER OF MINUTES. We have additional proprietary measures which we utilize to help further convince stubborn site holders to remove pages. Essentially, we want to create an environment in which these piracy sites stop putting up pages on your project because they will get a takedown request the same day. We additionally have a feature that sends takedowns immediately upon finding them within our growing database of sites that are solely used for intellectual property (IP) piracy — meaning that if our system has them as a repeat and continuous offender of IP piracy they will get the takedown the moment they put it up without you even having to lift a finger. We are continually expanding our capabilities and evolving our approaches to meet the needs of the independent creator both in efficiency and in keeping our price low enough to make it a viable option for even the backyard hobbyist. We aren’t here for the big companies, we are here for you, the small producer that needs a little help laying down the copyright … slap!
Under “Project Central” click on “‘Review’ Search Results” for your project. A list of all potential infringements we have found related to your project will appear (we find you up to 20/day). The list will include infringements but could also contain legitimate Internet links that you or your distributor/publisher have put online (we don’t want to request a takedown of a page you want up!). You can click on the link in the list to visit that specific page and then you use the radio buttons to mark “Takedown” (for all Violations) and “Ignore” (for all sites that are legitimate for your project) and then click the “Submit Changes” button at the bottom of the page. And that’s it! We will move your “ignore” sites to a Protected Ignore List page that will exclude them from all future infringement searches, and will send takedown notices to those you have marked “takedown”.
Every day we will add more results to the list, and, as you curate violations, our system builds a Violations Domain List that will automatically send takedown notices to sites that have been flagged as always-violating without you having to lift a finger.
Upon receiving a notice, a site owner has “a reasonable” amount of time to respond or take down the infringing URL. You can always go to the Takedowns Page [under Project Central] and check the urls of each takedown to ensure that the infringing link has been removed; if it is removed, you can mark it “Complete”. Some site owners are stubborn and ignore DMCA violation notices; if a reasonable amount of time has passed and you check the url and the infringing material is still present, we give you the option of “escalating” the takedown. An escalation goes above the head of the site owner and we contact those higher up the food chain, and those higher up those higher up the food chain, noting that removal was not complied with in a reasonable amount of time, and action must be taken. Escalation should only be used when an infringing url has NOT been taken down, so please verify the infringing material is still up before escalating a case (the alternative to Escalation is marking the takedown “Complete”).
Some infringing sites don’t give us the option of being nice; if a site hides the ability to contact them directly, we jump directly to going over their heads, and thus a takedown is automatically escalated.
The DMCA states that a specific user must be given “a reasonable amount of time” to respond to all Takedown requests they receive. It is common practice for that “reasonable amount of time” to be considered anywhere from 2-4 days. We splifference (split the difference) with it and the ability to Escalate a Takedown will show up 72 hours after a Takedown is sent.
Please make sure to verify that the initial Takedown was not successful and the URL has not already been removed before you Escalate a specific Takedown.
We know that independent artists don’t have a lot of money and protecting your work is hard because you don’t have an IP protection team at your disposal. So we are here. Our goal is to keep costs as low as we possibly can and still provide you above top-notch results from our end. We want to make protecting your work affordable to EVERY producer out there. Because it should be.
Yes. Set up your project and select “documentary” as the format, and away we go! The title of your project is what helps in our custom search engine so, if you want to use more than the Manual Submit tool, make sure to name your wedding video as specifically as you can.
INFRINGEMENT is when someone, not the copyright holder, uses a copyright holder’s intellectual property for their own gain, without permission. Their is one EXCEPTION though: FAIR USE.
FAIR USE is “any copying of copyrighted material done for a limited and ‘transformative’ purpose, such as to comment upon, criticize, or parody a copyrighted work”¹. The key aspects of Fair Use is that any clips are short (the whole film or large parts untouched is infringement) and must transform the piece (like a meme, dubbing over words for parody, as part of a review, etc.).
What is most important is to RESPECT Fair Use and not claim it as infringement. The line is easy to see the difference and Fair Use can help spread the word of your project, AND is within legal rights of individuals. Everything else, let us take them down for you.
Another great resource is this blog post by George Thuronyi on identifying Fair Use.
Click on the “Forgot Password” link on the Home page or, if logged in, you can click the “Account” menu tab and reset from there.
“No. In general, registration is voluntary. Copyright exists from the moment the work is created. You will have to register, however, if you wish to bring a lawsuit for infringement of a U.S. work.” (Source: copyright.gov) Thus, you can issue copyright infringement claims but if you decide to take legal action for damages you may need a copyright certificate. We always recommend contacting a copyright attorney if you ever have specific copyright questions. To copyright a film you can refer to the following US Government Copyright document, in addition to talking with an attorney.
No. Copyright Slap specializes in alerting and documenting (and has a high success rate of immediate infringement removal) on behalf of copyright owners. We are not attorneys. Lawyers and Copyright Slap are not a zero sum — If you wish to take legal action against a specific infringer you will need the services of a copyright lawyer. We are your Internet Army, not your legal team. Copyright Slap is strictly a takedown site that aids in getting copyrighted materials removed from websites.
No. The United States has copyright relations with countries all around the world. How many? This many. Copyright Slap works to provide international copyright protection services on your behalf by not only requesting takedown from the specific site hosting the infringing materials, but also in escalating ways all the way up to and through international ISPs/OSPs. In addition, there are numerous International Copyright Agreements and Treaties (The Berne Convention, The WIPO Copyright Treaty, TRIPS Agreement, The Paris Convention, The Doha Declaration, to name a few) that apply to countries outside of the United States that we utilize to help protect your work.
For Copyright Slap to send takedowns and send requests on behalf of your property, we need both your permission, and also proof that the intellectual property is rightfully being sold and the “contact information” for the property (in the form of the right’s holder/representative’s [your] name and address [email, in this case] — a requirement of a DMCA Violation Notice). The information on your project that we request allows us to take the work off of your shoulders and to have all we need to do our jobs.
We recommend at the onset of a new project being initiated that you check the site every day and review the found results. As we learn from you what to ignore and what are violations, we become more efficient and as time passes we will automatically send more and more takedown notices without any need for your reviewing. But initially, yes, you are the best eye for what is a friendly site and thus daily review is the best way to help us work for you as hard as we can. If you review half of the results, the next day you will have the remaining unreviewed half plus new results that replaced the ones you already reviewed. Copyright Slap has a proprietary algorithm that works to identify sites solely dealing in piracy and, if in our system, we automatically send takedown notices on your project’s behalf as soon as our system identifies your project on the site, without need for your individual curation.
If you request, and we send on your behalf, a DMCA Violation Notice and the receiver believes it has been sent in error, they can file a “Counter-Claim” (essentially saying they believe the violation was sent in error). All counter-claims will be forwarded directly to the copyright owner (or site User acting on behalf of the copyright owner), if not directly sent from the counter-claimer. It is the responsibility of the copyright owner to respond and resolve the counter-claim, with or without the help of an attorney. As always, with any escalation into legal action we recommend consulting an attorney.
First and foremost, you contact a copyright attorney.
Second, you go the the infringing page and take a screenshot of the page for your records.
Third, you have ALL DMCA documentation available through CopyrightSlap. Click through the following:
“Project Central” > “Review” under Takedowns > “End-of-Cycle” > Go to the site takedown you want info on and click on the number under “Takedown ID(s)” [if more than one takedown was sent on your behalf, there will be a number for each takedown sent] > Click on the PDF icon [or download the file using “Save As”]. The PDF contains date and time, source, original DMCA wording, and all other information you may need in court.
Click on the menu item “Account” and change what needs changing and click the “Update Account” button in the page and you are updated!
Click on “Project Central” and you get all the details of the projects you have in the system and if the projects are currently active or inactive, and can click “‘Edit Project” at any time to update or change and details.
To cancel Copyright Slap’s services on one of your projects, go to “Project Central” and then click the “Edit Project” link. Click on the “Deactivate Project” button and then “Submit Changes”. Your project will still remain active until the end of your current billing cycle and then will not automatically renew and will cease to show results or be able to send takedowns afterwards. You always have the ability to re-activate a project and start back up where you left off.
Now don’t be silly! Every project that you have initiated is saved on your account. An inactive project is just that, sitting dormant, waiting for you to make it active and to continue from right where you last left off.
The Original Source Link is the link to where you are legitimately selling your project. If it is an iTunes link, or Amazon, or on your own home page, and you decide to no longer sell it on that site, you would then need to switch the “Original Source Link” to wherever it is newly being sold/offered. You can sell your film/video/song/etc. on many sites legitimately, you only need to put ONE of those legitimate links for the Original Source Link.
If you did not mean to process a payment, we will reimburse your payment if you contact us within 24 hrs of payment AND you have NOT reviewed and submitted any violation results (via Search Results or Manual Takedown) on the project that payment was applied to. If you wish to cancel service mid-30-day-cycle, recurring charges for that project will be stopped and the project will continue service until the end of that current 30-day cycle.
At present, no, you must initiate each project individually and start payment for each. As you, and we, do not know if you will want to pause service on any one project, having them linked in a bulk package would cause issues. That said, we are actively working on creating package deals that will offer you the ability to initiate multiple projects, individually, but at a packaged initial deal pricing.
The short answer: No, you just need one legitimate URL for Original Source.
It does not matter which is your original source URL, it just needs to be ONE legitimate link of either selling or legitimate representation (maybe you are just in pre-order or in festivals, so a link to your website would suffice). This Original Source is part of the DMCA/Takedown that justifies the legitimacy of the takedown request.
This is simple, you go to PROJECT CENTRAL, click to EDIT Your Project, and then go through the activation of your project again. You will have to enter your payment information again, via Stripe, but you will not be charged until the beginning of the next subscription cycle. And that is it!