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Google Search - DMCA notice
U.S. vs. U.K. procedures

 11:09 pm on Aug 1, 2012 (gmt 0)

Is Google's DMCA take-down request procedure different in the U.K. than in the U.S? It looks to me that in the UK you must submit a Google Search-related DMCA take-down request to Google in writing or by fax (and not online):
[google.co.uk ]

But in the U.S. you use G's online form-based procedure, the initial page of which you link to from this support page:
[support.google.com ]

Am I right about this?



 1:55 pm on Aug 2, 2012 (gmt 0)

Yes, you're quite correct, it must be in writing or on fax.


 5:42 pm on Aug 2, 2012 (gmt 0)

So am I to assume that in the U.S. a complainant MUST use the online form provided via the above link (see my post)?

Everything I've read, both at G's site and elsewhere, leads me to the online form-based procedure. Yet I haven't read anything that explicitly indicating that you MUST use ONLY this form, and that a request in writing (as is required in the U.K.) is unacceptable. In fact, a page at Google's Transparancy Report refers obliquely to requests made by means other than its online form. Here's the URL:


Again, I can't find any explicit directive for submitting a written request in the U.S. via mail or fax (as opposed to using the online form). Is this because Google is trying to discourage old-fashioned written submissions, or have I simply not found the basic information that is right under my nose?


 4:42 pm on Aug 3, 2012 (gmt 0)

In the U.S. the complainant uses the online form, in the UK the complainant uses the traditional method of in writing or by fax.


 8:10 pm on Aug 6, 2012 (gmt 0)

I'm the OP. As it turns out, in the U.S. the complainant can use mail or fax as an alternative to G's online form. That information is not easy to find at the G site, perhaps because G prefers the latter method. And G indicates that using its online form helps expedite the processing of requests.

I plan to submit my requests by mail. I'll have a paper document to show exactly what I submitted and when -- just in case G fails to comply.

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