Udemy employs anti-piracy technology, including encoding videos using a proprietary player and attaching a Udemy watermark to all videos. This is why, when you load a video to Udemy, there is both uploading AND "processing" time, because we are encoding your videos to make them difficult to steal.
But for a motivated pirate, any content that appears on a computer screen is vulnerable to theft. This is unavoidable and a problem across the industry. Giants like Netflix, Youtube, Amazon, etc. all have the same issue, and as an industry, we continue to work on new technology solutions to limit piracy.
Because pirating techniques currently outpaces protection, we hired a company who is specifically dedicated to enforcing the DMCA laws on your behalf and target violating individuals, hosting sites, and DNS servers in an attempt to get any unauthorized content removed. This company, PiraShield, employs a team of professionals trained in DMCA law to go after piracy issues you bring to us. For more info on PiraShield, feel free to take a look at their site: https://pirashield.com/
If you find your course on a pirate site, please submit a takedown request directly to PiraShield using this form and make sure you submit the following:
- Your full name
- Your email address
- The specific URL where your unauthorized content is being hosted
- The URL for your course on Udemy
- Check the box with the following statement: "I confirm that I am the copyright holder and/or creator of this course and have not provided permission for this site to offer my course."
Please note that because of the nature of piracy, many of these sites operate outside the law and are very difficult to get shut down, despite the best efforts of our team. Not every country has copyright laws and some pirate sites ignore lawful notices they are sent. That being said, PiraShield will do its very best to try and get your content removed from the reported site.
Note: If you are looking for information on Copyright rather than Piracy (meaning your content is illegally hosted on Udemy) Please follow the instructions in this article: How do I report a Udemy Course Infringing on My Copyright