Ask Bing to Remove Copyright Infringing Material

Logo of search giant BingIf you have done a search on Bing and seen some of your copyright material on display then you have a few options.

If  Bing is gathering the content from a web site that you own or have control over, then it’s easy to get it removed.

You first need to either remove the content from your site OR leave it in place but add a directive to the robots.txt file on the server (or create a file if one doesn’t exist)

There is an alternative; you can add a “noindex” meta tag to the html page, this will prevent them from indexing the whole page.

What if the Material is on Another Site?

In this situation, the best course of action is to contact the site owner and ask them to take down the copyright content.

Some site owners will be more willing to remove it if you tell them that you are considering filing DMCA with all the major search engines.

Once the site owner has removed it from their end, it is just a matter of time before Bing and other search engines update the results pages.

Send a DMCA Request to Bing

Both Google and Bing have a form where you can send a request known as a DMCA Take Down.

You will need to state exactly where the infringing material is located and also tell them where a copy of the original work can be found.

Both search engines will respond quickly, Google usually withing a few days and Bing typically a little bit longer.

You will have to file separate requests with each search engine and any other site that has a copyright policy.

The Bing copyright form is here, use it for search results and adverts.

Information about the Google DMCA form is here.

Counter Notification

Both Bing and Google allow the defendant to file a counter notification. For this reason, you should only send a take down request if you 100% sure your copyright has been violated.

While you do not need to register content for copyright protection, you do need to make sure it meets the following basic requirements:

  1. Is solely your work
  2. You have not copied any part of this work from someone else
  3. You have not granted anyone else the right to re-use or copy the work in the past (i.e. public license)

If in doubt see legal advice as sending a false claim to Google or Bing can have financial consequences.



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2 Responses to Ask Bing to Remove Copyright Infringing Material

  1. Steve June 4, 2013 at 9:28 pm #

    I currently am researching what to do about copyrighted images and text taken from my website which are being used in a competitor’s website. After reading your post I am concerned about condition no. 3, “You have not granted anyone else the right to re-use or copy the work in the past “.

    We have allowed some of our customers who resell our products to use images and text from our website, since we would be making our product for them. We have not however, given permission to everyone. In the case of our infringement, its a competitors website who is using phrases, sentences and images from ours and as a result the competitor’s site appears like it is ours to our customers.

    Is providing specific customers permission to use our materials on their web pages a problem for pursuing DMCA requests against this competitor?


  2. Pauline October 18, 2013 at 1:26 pm #

    I hate this and I have tried to remove it and can’t I want it off my pc now and forever!