Ask.com asks our users to respect the intellectual property of others. Pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. sec. 512 (“the DMCA”), Ask has designated an agent to receive Notifications of Claimed Copyright Infringement on its site, who can be reached as follows:
IAC Search & Media Legal Dept.
Attention: Copyright Agent
555 12th Street, Suite 500
Oakland, CA 94607
If you believe in good faith that your work has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, please provide Ask.com’s copyright agent the following:
In lieu of preparing your own Notification, you may email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to request a Notification of Claimed Copyright Infringement form. Please complete and sign it and mail it to our copyright agent at the above address.
Pursuant to the DMCA, once we receive a properly prepared Notification asserting copyright infringement, we will de-link the allegedly infringing site until we receive a properly prepared Counter-Notification. Even after we de-link an allegedly infringing site, it is possible that the site will reappear once a further search is run, due to the technology that many search engines employ in conducting searches for our users. Therefore, a more effective way to remove allegedly infringing material is by filing a Notification of Claimed Copyright Infringement with the Internet service provider that hosts the website.
If a Notification of Claimed Copyright Infringement has been filed with us against you, Ask will advise you of that fact. If you would like to file a Counter-Notification of Claimed Copyright Infringement, we will provide you with a mail-in form that accompanies our letter to you advising you of the claimed infringement.
You may want to seek independent legal counsel before filing a notification or counter-notification.
Ask encourages trademark owners to make their claims directly with the owners of the allegedly infringing web-sites or advertisements, or the Internet service provider that hosts such websites. This is a much more effective way to resolve trademark claims, particularly because advertisers may have similar advertisements on other sites.
Also, the sponsored links on Ask.com are delivered by Google and we do not have the right, nor ability to make any modifications to the sponsored links we receive from Google. Accordingly, we respectfully refer you to Google’s trademark complaint submission page at http://www.google.com/tm_complaint.html as the proper venue for submission of your concern.