How can I monitor for infringements of my copyright?

Copyright infringement is a universal problem for any website comprised of user-generated content. Many Internet users are either unaware of copyright laws, are unwilling to cooperate with copyright laws, or have an incorrect notion of what constitutes "fair use" of copyrighted material.

Scribd (http://scribd.com) is a digital self-publishing service based in the United States of America. In the United States, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) of 1998 provides clear directions for reporting and removing copyright infringements from an Internet site based in the USA. Scribd complies as a US-based Internet Service Provider with all applicable provisions of the DMCA.

We understand that monitoring the Internet can be a cumbersome and frustrating experience, especially for independent authors with limited income. We often receive requests for help in monitoring Scribd (and other websites) for copyright infringements. While we cannot offer direct assistance to copyright holders, there are many other services that do, either for free or for a reasonable fee.

The following services are available to help copyright holders monitor Scribd and other websites for possible infringements. Scribd does not specifically recommend or endorse any service. We provide this information as a courtesy only. Please direct any questions you have to the listed company.

GOOGLE ALERTS

Google offers a free service that will email you whenever an item that references certain keywords are indexed by the Google search engine. This is the cheapest and fastest way to monitor for your content on Scribd. Items uploaded to Scribd are usually indexed by Google within a few hours. To receive a notification that an item has been indexed by Google:

  1. Log into Google, and go to http://google.com/alerts
  2. Enter an appropriate search query, typically the author's name or a title of a publication. To focus your search on Scribd, use the "site:scribd.com" operator (without quotes). A typical Scribd-focused search query looks like 

    "stephen king" site:scribd.com
     
    Eliminate the site:scribd.com operator to search the entire Internet.
  3. Set HOW OFTEN: to "As-it-happens" and set HOW MANY: to "All results"
  4. Click CREATE ALERT to create your alert.

 See here for more details on using Google operators to narrow your search.

MUSO

Muso (http://muso.com) is a UK-based anti-piracy service that offers competitive pricing for automated search of the Internet for copyrighted content. Muso provides a web-based dashboard for identifying possible infringements and then automatically sends out DMCA-compliant notifications for items that you confirm are infringing. Many independent authors use Muso for their competitive pricing and easy-to-use interface.

ATTRIBUTOR 

Attributor (http://attributor.com) is a US-based anti-piracy service that offers services more geared toward medium- and large-scale publishers. Attributor has a well-established track record for corporations that are trying to protect intellectual property on the Internet.

Scribd is unable to provide additional information about any of these services. Please direct your questions to the company providing the service.

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