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Google Hangouts IM Chat / Screenshare – must have your own Google account.
Email – make sure your DMCA Pro profile email is the one you want us to use.
Techsmith Capture – Screen image & video capture. For showing others what you experience.

The Basics


A web site that has been authorized by the client / copyright owner to resell or distribute the client’s content. Not all clients know who their affiliates are.  This means it is up to the piracy searcher to determine if a link is an affiliate or not.  Sometimes affiliate pages can look like piracy but are not.  See Training Video for how to evaluate a page as an affiliate or not.

Bit TorrentWikipedia definition

  • Learn how the BitTorrent method of file sharing works here
  • Comparing BitTorrent and Usenet video

Deep Site

Deep sites require you to login before you can search or check a link. Some will claim to give you access to a particular product file if you join membership. These are often “Black Hat” pirate forum sites. Examples of Deep sites you can expect to find:

  • Forums / Bulletin Boards
  • Paywall Sites – require a paid membership
  • Invite Only Sites (only existing members can invite you)

Some sites will partially hide content unless you are logged in. Many pirate forum sites allow you to see their pages without logging in. However, they suppress the display of the download link only to members.
We keep a shared database of deep site logins for staff. If you create an account on a deep site, be sure to add the credentials to this database so other staff members can use the log in.


A web site’s domain refers to the text just before and including the extension in the web address. Here are some URLs with their domain names highlighted…


File Types

Every computer file has a file name like ABC.doc or XYZ.exe. A filename can be seen inside a file download link. For example, ““.
A file type (sometimes called an extension) is the last few letters of the file name and defines what software is required to read/open that file, such as .doc or .exe. There are thousands and thousands of file types that exist in the world today. Our client’s products are typically comprised of multiple digital files in a variety of file types. The most common file types that make up our customer’s products are…

  • .pdf
  • .mobi
  • .epub
  • .mp4
  • .mp3
  • .doc

Very often the files of our client’s product will be copied and added to an archive file by someone who is intentionally wanting to share the product illegally. Archive files contain multiple files which can be unarchived/opened using archive software. There are many types of file archive programs but the most popular ones will have the extension of…

  • .rar
  • .zip
  • .zipx
  • .ace
  • .7z

You will see them over and over in your work. ( Here’s a more comprehensive list of archive file extensions. )


Hosting Page

A page on contains a download link
Video – Leading versus Hosting pages

Leading Page

The page on leads to a download page on Video – Leading versus Hosting pages

Online Service Provider (OSP)

OSP is a general term we use to refer to web sites and services that DMCA Pro suspects of copyright infringement. It can also mean…

  • the hosting company that supports that web site.
  • the registrar where a web site’s domain name is registered (like GoDaddy)
  • An account page on a site, like someone’s Facebook page or a channel on YouTube.

Safe List

A list of safe domains on a client product that is held in the DMCA Pro database. These domains are protected from being pursued. So if you attempt to submit a link from a site on the safe list, the system will reject it and give you an error message.


Web links (also called URLs) are what you see in your browser window address bar. Web links can be divided into two types: “page links” and “file download links”. You can distinguish one from the other by paying attention to the ending (right-most) part of the link.
These are examples of PAGE LINKs. They typically end in / or html or htm or php or asp.


When you enter a page link into your browser, a web page will appear. But when you enter a file download link into your browser, a file will begin to download onto your computer. Here are examples of FILE DOWNLOAD LINKSs. They will always end in a file name extension…


Warez / Warez Scene

No matter what DMCA Pro job you do, your performance is measured on how much progress is made over time. Therefore, it’s important that your Internet connection is fast and your PC runs smoothly. A slow performing computer can ruin your performance measurements. Not having the right tools on your PC will slow you down and possibly hurt your computer.

Software to Install

  • The TechSmith Capture tool comes with a free Screencast account where your screen shots and videos can be stored and shared. This is important to communicate questions about web sites that you may have.
  • CCleaner, a free tool for keeping your computer running smoothly. Run it each week.
  • (optional) uTorrent browser is a free download from A torrent browser is like a web browser but for torrent networks. You never need to use it to download a file, but clicking on Torrent ‘magnet’ links will cause a popup to appear which tells you it’s a real magnet link.

Useful Chrome Plug In Extensions

  • Install the free Google Toolbar so that you have Google Translate available to you. This is handy when you come to a foreign language page.
  • Install the Adblocker plug in. This will block pop-ups and other annoying things. However, be aware that you will frequently need to turn it off to inspect a page properly.
  • Install the Change Colors plugin. This tool is VERY useful as it allows you to see which links you have already clicked / inspected, not just in this session but weeks ago. Here’s a training video.
  • Install the Link Klipper plugin. This tool is also VERY useful. It allows you to scrape any page of rar, zip, and torrent links in one step. Here is a training video showing how to use Link Klipper.
  • Install the LinkClump plugin. This saves a lot of time when you need to open several links at once.
  • If your browser allows for it, set it to open all links in a new tab. This prevents you from having to right-click on a link and then select ‘Open in new tab’ for each link off a page you want to inspect. You can also click a link while holding down the CTRL key (Windows) or command key (Mac).
  • Add a form filler plug in that recognizes login forms on specific sites. This is very useful when logging into sites (like Forum sites) and prevents you from having to remember your password. Lastpass is a good one.
  • If your work involves submitting forms for the Major Index Removal process or the Notice By Form process, you will save much time by installing a form filler plug in, like the Chrome auto-fill tool. This is handy when submitting forms.

How to Backup Chrome Click History (for Piracy Searchers)

Your browser history allows you to see what links you have already researched. Without this history, you will waste time revisiting and collecting old links. DMCA Pro website will not allow duplicates, so it is critical that you spend your time searching for new links only. This makes your browser click history very important. If your computer crashes or you change computers, you will need to restore your history to the new machine.
In Chrome, history can be backed up and restored from
C:\Users\[your username]\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default

Using a VPN (Virtual Private Network)

There will be times when you need to appear as if you are visiting a pirate site from another part of the world.

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Never open a downloaded file

Files downloaded from the Internet often contain computer viruses or malware. It is almost never necessary to download a file to your computer while searching.
Since we are actively searching pirate sites, sometimes a page you visit will automatically launch a file download to begin downloading to your computer. Some files may get downloaded to your PC before you can cancel the download but they will not pose a threat unless you open them. If this happens, just delete it. Never open a downloaded file!

Install a computer anti-virus

Avast is pretty good, is free and doesn’t bog down your PC like many others.

Avoid Browser Hijacking

Browser hijacking is when a web page locks your browser and when you try to click anything, nothing responds. This is often accompanied by a pop-up fake warning message stating that you have a virus. If this happens, no other tabs can be clicked. You must now kill the browser program and re-open it again.
There is an effective protection before loading or clicking on pages that you suspect will try to hijack the browser. You can temporarily turn off Javascript.
When you are done inspecting the site, just turn Javascript back on. Works great!
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