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Get an email notice about copyright infringement?

This is a common SEO scam/spam and ransomware tactic.

Two really simple ways to tell that the email you received is bogus:

  1. It is an email. If someone was really sending you an official notification - you will get it in the mail.
  2. Copy/paste a paragraph from the email into Google. You'll probably find an article like this one: "Fake Copyright Infringement Warnings Used to Spread Ransomware" https://www.techlicious.com/blog/fake-copyright-infringement-warnings-used-to-spread-ransomware/comments-/CP2/

Our advice - delete the email and move on with your day. Mark as spam if it wasn't sent via your website contact form (otherwise all your website contact form messages will start going to spam)

If you are worried that you actually did violate copyright infringement because you added pictures to your website that you don't own by downloading them from other sites, then you have reason to investigate, but we advise against trusting an email like this. If Odysys sourced images for your website, we only use stock images that we've paid for.

EXAMPLE SPAM EMAIL

Here's a common email our customers have gotten - this email is malicious. If you get an email similar to this one, delete it from your inbox. Do not click on the link. Often times we see the exact same email with different names on it.

"Your website or a website that your organization hosts is violating the copyrighted images owned by myself.

Take a look at this official document with the URLs to my images you utilized at --- and my earlier publication to obtain the evidence of my copyrights.

Download it now and check this out for yourself:

LINK REDACTED

I do think you have intentionally infringed my legal rights under 17 U.S.C. Section 101 et seq. and can be liable for statutory damages as high as $140,000 as set forth in Section 504 (c) (2) of the Digital millennium copyright act (DMCA) therein.

This letter is official notification. I seek the removal of the infringing materials referenced above. Take note as a company, the Dmca requires you, to remove or deactivate access to the copyrighted content upon receipt of this notification letter. In case you do not cease the utilization of the previously mentioned infringing content a legal action can be started against you.

I do have a good belief that use of the copyrighted materials described above as presumably infringing is not approved by the legal copyright owner, its legal agent, as well as laws.

I swear, under consequence of perjury, that the information in this notification is correct and that I am currently the copyright proprietor or am permitted to act on behalf of the proprietor of an exclusive and legal right that is allegedly infringed.