While I was at WordCamp Dallas, I had an opportunity to speak with many bloggers and site owners about their interactions with abuse teams and DMCA agents at various hosts.
Needless to say, the stories ran the gamut from wonderful, helpful agents to nightmare tales about excessive hoops to jump through and unanswered emails.
I am wanting to prepare a series on abuse and DMCA agents. I’ve done some of it in the past, including retelling some of my personal horror stories, but after three years at this site of running this site, I sense that my experiences are no longer the norm (this bolstered by the fact I am on a first-name basis with several DMCA agents).
So, with that in mind, I want to hear your stories. Specifically, I am looking for any of the following:
- Stories, good and bad, about dealing with DMCA agents at various hosts/search engines.
- Interactions with various Web hosts, good and bad, in reporting spam.
- Incidents where your site has been reported for abuse and/or copyright infringement and what happened afterward.
- Information on the time it takes to obtain a response from Google or other search engines on DMCA mattes.
- Finally, any abuse or DMCA agents that have interesting stories about either really good or really bad filers.
If you have any of those items, please either leave a comment to this post or send me an email with the details. This is a great opportunity to get help with a host that has been giving you trouble or give praise to a company that went above and beyond in helping you out.
If I decide to write about your case in the future, it will only be with your permission and you can choose not to have your name attached to it. Also, I will work to certify all stories as best that I can and will not publish any claims that are unverifiable.
Thank you in advance for your help with this and please feel free to spread the word of this open call around. I’m eager for anyone’s input so feel free to get your friends involved if you think they might have something of interest.
I look forward to hearing what you have to say!