DMCA artistic license

Google Search TakeDown Process

step-by-step guide

Google Search is the best known search site there is. It even developed that interesting tool that a lot of us us, called Google Reverse Image Search, which enables us to upload an image and have their powerful search system look for close proximity images like the chosen image. It’s not a place that anyone can upload images to or even sell image son, but it’s a place that you may find images that are hard to locate the original. Or images that have still been lingering on Google‘s database long after they have been deleted by the infringing site. Regardless, there is a method by which you can get these images off. The fist one is via the Google takedown form, which can be found here. The second method is via a tool found in the WebMasters section of any Google account. It should be mentioned that you will need a Google+ account as well as setting up the Webmasters Tools option in the Google account. All that done you can find the takedown form here!


The first stage in the process is too ind yourself on the dashboard of the WebMasters DMCA takedown page. If you are starting afresh, you will see this screen. If you have already sent forms, you have it populated with claims. Fro here you simply click the “Create a new notice“, and it will make the form set-up as described below.

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Once you have logged in and found the page, you will see it is much the same as any other takedown page. The first section is the standard details of your personal status. It is a little briefer than normal, but still some of the sections are required.
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After that section is the reporting section. First you describe the piece you are reporting as your artwork. Simple explain what the image is and give it some unique identifiers so that people can see the exact distinction in the claim. Then give a link to an authorised version of your work. This can be something like your own website, or a professional portfolio site; like Behance. Try to avoid using a social media site as a reference, for obvious reasons.

The the section below, you are entitled to add up to 100 locations on Google search results that fit the match to the original piece. Just below this section you will see a link that states, ‘Add a New Group’. This allows you to add upto 10 claims for different image violations that you have found on Google Image Search. They can be different images, as each box is self-contained.

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Then at the last section you simply tick the agreement boxes, which are the legal part of the form, dd the date, and then give it a digital signature, which should be your own. The final thing is to click the No-recaptcha recaptcha to make Google feel proud and you can then submit the form. It should be pointed out that the results will be a removal of the images from Google‘s search database, not from the sites that they are actually located. This can’t be used as an easy way to get images taken down off the web in one form. You may have noticed statements at the base of Google Searches about the DMCA Copyright complaint. This is what this form implements. That’s it, so Good Luck!