A new Bing online dashboard provides insight into the status of a copyright removal request, as well as providing overall historical submission statistics.
The dashboard is now available for users who submit DMCA notices via Bing's online form or API, writes Chad Foster, Bing program manager.
Microsoft encourages users to report copyright infringement of other Microsoft apps and services too, as the new online dashboard for submitting DMCA (Digital Millenium Copyright Act) notices via Bing's online form or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) is available as on today.
Typically, Bing receives requests to remove links due to copyright infringement claims, also known as DMCA notices, writes Foster. These three channels include: "email, an online form and for certain users, using an API."
However, "email is the least efficient and prone to error such as missing or incomplete information," Foster says. Adding, he said, the chance of rejection due to incomplete or incorrect information is less, "when submit through online form or the API."
Microsoft says, that submitters are recommended to use the online form. Explaining the process he said, after filling form and hitting submit button, "user will receive an email with DMCA submission reference number."
Furthermore, he said "copyright owners who usually submit high volumes of DMCA notices, should leverage Bing's API program," because it's "the most efficient method for requesting link removals due to copyright infringement."
The API program is "reserved for frequent submitters with a demonstrated history of valid submissions."
A submission is accepted when all the required information by DMCA is submitted. However, the alleged infringing URLs accepted doesn't get removed automatically, instead bing begins processing the notice.
In an effort to ensure that only copyright owners send valid DMCA notices, Bing believes the online form or API will help them accomplish a cut down on bogus DMCA submission and they will be able to promptly act upon legitimate DMCA notices.
Individual submissions, as well as overall historical statistics, are viewable through the online dashboard with Bing shows the submission statistics for all notices received by a copyright owner or their authorized agent.
These include date and time of the request submitted, submission ID, nature of complaint, overall number of URLs submitted, accepted, rejected or still being processed, and current status of URLs and individual submissions, writes bing.