Summary: As an Author, you may come across your Envato items being distributed outside of Envato without your permission. You can take action when you see this as you maintain the copyright to your items. This article will give you some resources to help you with this, and to protect your items from intellectual property theft.
This is an anti-piracy service that can find unauthorized shared links to your paid product, send a DMCA takedown notice and remove shared links from Google. This includes the offering of four main tools:
1. Find Illegal Shared links: Find unauthorized downloads of your products, software and apps.
2. DMCA Sender: Auto send DMCA takedown notice and manage your products lists.
3. Abuse Email Look-up: Find all available abuse emails from a given url/domain.
4. Goodies: Report alleged copyright infringement, Abuse Email Template & useful links.
Google Search Central (formerly Webmaster Tools)
This is a free service by Google for webmasters which you can use to check indexing status of your website and optimize its visibility.
It also has a section (Copyright Removal) which includes an online abuse contact form in order to report abuse or infringements of your copyrighted work. You can request to have your copyrighted work removed from web search results and from other Google services as well.
There’s a dashboard where you can see total of reported URLs, approved, rejected and pending URLs too.
Harvel is a copyright protection platform for next-gen creators, crawling the web on a daily basis in order to find piracy links and copyright infringement of your content. It automates the process of finding and taking down piracy links through DMCA Takedowns with Google and the hosting site.
WHOIS Lookup Tools
Whois is a widely used internet record listing that identifies who owns a domain name and how to contact its registrar, registrant or web hosting company.
There are a broad range of Whois tools you can use, most of them in the form of web application but you can find web browsers extensions too. Most of these applications are free and provide similar features such as domain search, whois history, brand monitor, etc.
See a short list of these applications below:
There is a complete guide on how to use one of these applications (Whois DomainTools), it can be found here: HOW TO USE THE WHOIS LOOKUP TOOL
DMCA.pro is a website that offers DMCA takedown services. They search and monitor illegal links of your products and it also offers a client control panel with real-time information, reports, etc.
It's a paid service, you can choose to pay for a monthly subscription or opt for pay as you go. All their plans available via their website.
Apps & Extensions for your Web Browser
As well as the web applications we have mentioned above, you can also try finding a good WHOIS application or extension for your preferred web browser. With these you will be able to check the details of a website with only a few clicks. See some helpful links below:
Chrome Web Store
Mozilla Firefox Add-ons