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What is the DMCA?

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) applies if you’re based in the USA.

The DMCA provides safe harbor from copyright infringement liability for online service providers. In order to qualify for safe harbor protection, certain kinds of service providers—for example, those that allow users to post or store material on their systems, search engines, directories, and other information location tools— must designate an agent to receive notifications of claimed copyright infringement.

To designate an agent, a service provider must:

  1. make certain contact information for the agent available to the public on its website; and
  2. provide the same information to the Copyright Office, which maintains a centralized online directory of designated agent contact information for public use.

The service provider must also ensure that this information is up to date.

Please note that failure to register the Copyright Agent via the online system (available here https://dmca.copyright.gov/osp/login.html) will result in loss of DMCA safe harbor protection. In addition, failure to renew a Designated Agent’s online registration every three years will result in the loss of DMCA safe harbor protection.

This clause describes the mandatory procedure of filing a copyright complaint under the DMCA.