How to File DMCA Complaint, Takedown, Removal Request with Bing and Others

Latest update: May 1, 2021. Page URL indicates original publication date; meanwhile, times change and the updates continue.

A personal lament: the thievery of articles and images is so bad, it seems like we spend more time dealing with the thieves than having time to write the articles. This page contains:
  • Microsoft Bing DMCA web form address location and some tips.
  • A DMCA template letter for when using email instead of a form; for that matter, parts of the letter can also be used for copy/paste when filling out forms. It is best to DMCA the offending website first; however, if the site is not in the US, then that's pretty much a waste of time. If that doesn't work, second is to notify the the website's server hosting service; if the website commonly engages in plagiarism, the host provider will many times delete the entire site. If neither of the previous notifications work or are not viable; then it's time to do DMCAs with at least Google, Bing, and Yahoo.


The Microsoft Bing DMCA Web Request Form...

...is located on their Notices of Infringement page. The menu has DMCA links for all of Microsoft's applications and services. If you want Bing to remove a stolen article from their search results, use the third menu item on the right that says "Search"; click below. There will then be two options: "Microsoft Advertising" and "Bing"; the online form link is in the "Bing" option. You will need to sign in using a Microsoft, Google, or Facebook account. The form is relatively short and self-explanatory.

When needing to file a DMCA with anyone, always make an effort to find the offending website's DMCA or copyright violation link first; using their link to their in-house form will invariably give you quicker results. It will probably be located in the submenu of their Contact Us link. Going the email route should only be a last resort. Having the stolen material removed from the source, when possible, is much better than just having it removed from the search engine results)

A DMCA Email Form Letter / Template

If submitting an email DMCA complaint, take down, removal request with Bing (or anyone else in US); here is a free, universal, template letter you can use. Simply add your own relevant information.

<begin DMCA letter>

DMCA Takedown/Removal Request

Your first name:
Your last name:
Your email address:
Name of the copyright owner: Self
Country: USA

The Title of the copyrighted work:
Type of work: Text

My original, authorized, copyrighted article is located at: <URL here>.

The allegedly infringing material is located at: <URL here>.

Sample of content text that shows up in both the original and the allegedly infringing copy: Paste a couple of long sentences or a paragraph that are in common to both URL pages.


Required Legal Declarations

My Good Faith Belief Statement: By typing in my name (electronic signature), I have a good faith belief that the use of the material is not authorized by the intellectual property owner, its agent, or the law (e.g. it is not fair use).

My Authority to Act Statement: I represent that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that I am authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.

My Acknowledgement of Responsibility Statement: I represent that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that I am authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.

My Acknowledgement of Understanding Statement: I understand that the information submitted in this email may be shared with third parties, including the alleged infringer about whom I am filing this complaint.

Very sincerely,

My Signature:

<end letter>


I am not a lawyer, but this boilerplate letter structure and wording should successfully meet the legal requirements. Also important, it prevents any confusion as to which URL contains the original work and which URL is the allegedly stolen work; a common mistake many DMCA emails make.

If there are some technical or other issues with your communication, I've found that the search engines will work with you to make things right. One way or another, the job gets done.

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1 comment:

  1. so, did bing removed a site from serp? and how long do they usually take? I have very good experience with Google DMCA and they always act in less than a week. But no experience with Bing and yahoo search. Actually there is a site that copied complete content of my article and few other sites and dominating bing and yahoo on 1st position by using exact match domain for main keyword.

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