Actually, as a member of the Guild, I have sent file sharing sites, blog hosts, etc as DMG has asked us to help combat the piracy by sending C and D's, that means they HAVE given us permission to request on their behalf.
The result was not only did filesharing sites take down where fans had uploaded files they had DL elsewhere, but Google removed search results to aggregators and such so that search results show only the legal listings. And yes, it is best to ask scanlators and bloggers and the like to take down the links and files themselves politely and informally first. But don't be afraid to go further if you get ignored by anyone you contact. DMG asked us to send C and d req, and the polite thing Ben suggested is fine for an informal req but is in no way legally inforceable using that language, but since they have given permission AND requested we actually send a C and Ds for our titles, you can do so to the blog host, filesharing site, server host, etc. If a formal DMCA gets ignored or challenged by these, then ultimately DMP who has to decide how to take it further since the issued DMCA was on their behalf, and you'll have to let them know so they can decide what to do. And that's the crux of it. YOU are not the rights holder but you ARE the production partner DMP have given permission to send down take down requests/notices on their behalf for the titles you work on. And DMCA allows for that as an option. Anyways, good luck with the take down requests. Chasing down the files and getting them removed is time consuming, which is why DMP asked us to help out and do it as we find them (they are a small company after all and this sort of thing can take many many man hours) but it is possible to get results. Note I give DMI's info as well as mine..that is because if they choose to, they may contact DMI to verify they wish to have the files removed and are the rights holders and that you are who you say you are (the DMG person contracted for that title). The DMCA may have been filed by me, but it is DMI who is the claimant...I merely did it on their behalf after they they asked us to send out C and D's for our titles to help combat piracy. Basically...the form states DMI did not allow this distribution, want it down, and told us it was ok to ask for it removed on their behalf and that DMI is the rights holder who is defending their rights. Nothing scary. And sorry for the waffle.
Sample of one I sent to a certain file sharing site:
Identify yourself as either: a) The owner of a copyrighted work(s), or b) A person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed. Include a physical or electronic signature: I am Kimiko Kotani (note I use my working name as that is what I am known by and work under, and which appears in the DMG edition), the contracted production partner for Hana no Mizo Shiru (English title: Only the Flower Knows) with Digital Manga Guild, an imprint of Digital Manga Inc
2. Identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity and that is to be removed or access to which is to be disabled, and information reasonably sufficient to permit the service provider to locate the material. Please provide us with at minimum a URL to each work that is claimed to be infringing: Hana no Mizo Shiru has been licensed by Digital Manga Guild and is for sale under the English language title Only the Flower Knows. You may view the legal editions here:(link here to Emanga.com edition, Amazon ed. and B and N ed.)
The infringing material is located at : http://www.4shared.com/zip/Y5zsu0e7/han ... hap_7.html http://www.4shared.com/zip/L_bMmaT9/Onl ... ana_no.htm http://www.4shared.com/zip/ZoHxayP6/Onl ... ana_no.htm http://www.4shared.com/zip/J9m_8sJP/Onl ... ana_no.htm
(links left in so you can see they were indeed removed after the site received this)
3.Information reasonably sufficient to permit the service provider to contact the complaining party, such as an address, telephone number, and, if available, an electronic mail address at which the complaining party may be contacted:
You may contact me at (my email addy for Kimiko Kotani) or DMI directly at
Digital Manga Inc
1487 West 178th Street, Suite 300
Gardena, CA 90248
4.Statement that the complaining party has a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law: I do so state. This material is under English language license to Digital Manga Inc. under the Digital Manga Guild imprint. Only DMI and it's retail partners are permitted to distribute this property. This is an unauthorized distribution by members of the fan community and we request its removal.
5. A statement that the information in the notification is accurate and, under penalty of perjury, that the complaining party is authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed: As one of the legally contracted production partners working for the Digital Manga Guild on this title, I hereby state all information contained herein is accurate.
Digital Manga Guild, an imprint of DMI
(and in case you're wondering, the wording is one the DMCA puts out..you use it just like that as its the req. formula)