LinkedIn TakeDown Process
LinkedIn isn’t really a site that is set up to sell work on. However, some of you (like me) might find an announce in people using artworks for profile images (this could be a friend, family member or follower – which could be acceptable, but on the other hand it could be a business page, and these should know better. After all business is business and advertising costs), or placing them on their page and not adding trackbacks or accreditation. So, by law (but not publicised or easy to find), LinkedIn has set up a TakeDown form. It is an easy one page affair that is easy to follow. The following page is here to go through the steps to complete the process with the best ease and effectiveness. The takedown form can be found here!
This is the standard form that we see on most of the Take Down pages, but in a different way. Luckily it’s an all in one page structure, and easy to understand. You first simply add your name. Assuming that you own the artwork that is being taken down. It is advised to put your full legal name, if unsure, as if a legal case comes about they will expect you under your legal name. Then write some documentation that can describe your artwork, that indicates some unique features or recognisable features.
The next three boxes are not required and are not marked as *required, so unless you have registered the artwork (something you have to do in the USA, but not mandatory), then add the necessary details here.
The next section of the report page is about the illegal contact. The best plan here is to find the infringing artwork and copy the URL from the browser address bar, and past it into the box. If there is more than one occasion add as many as you can. Then in the next box write a statement on why you think there is a violation. On different occasion I have used the fact that someone has taken a piece that was commissioned without permission or remuneration and used. Or they have taken artwork with crediting or asking permission or linked to my work. You can also add an attachment to the form, which can be a screen shot of your original artwork and/or the located infringement artwork. Make sure you state that you have added these files in the description.
Then the final part is the digital signature, and then you are done. Good luck with the take down. You rarely get notification that the work has been removed, but they do send an email saying about the case is in review.