Simple DMCA compliance for website owners

Automatically file, monitor, and update DMCA Designated Agent registration according to 17 U.S.C. § 512(c)(2).

If you operate a website in the US and you let users post content, you could be exposed to significant liability for copyright infringement claims without this product.

  • Autonomously check that that your website has the required information to be protected by the Safe Harbor
  • If your website is not compliant (most are not), guide you through how to fix it
  • Register your Designated Agent with the US Copyright Office
  • Continually monitor your website and keep your designated agent registration up-to-date
  • Publish publicly auditable proof of your compliance

What is DMCA?

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act extends copyright laws and protects internet operators through several “Safe Harbors.” The 512(c)(2) Safe Harbor protects websites owners from 3rd party copyright infringement liability. To receive these protections, website owners must comply with many conditions, including “notice and takedown” procedures, and registration with the USCO. Without these protections, the risk of potential copyright liability would prevent many useful websites from existing.

Who needs this?

Anyone that runs a website in the US and allows people to upload content (blog comments, articles, photos, videos, etc.) that risks 3rd party copyright infringement.

What are the new rules?

On December 1st, 2016, the US Copyright Office switched from a paper-based registration system to a digital system. They are lowering processing fees by more than 90%, but requiring re-registration every three years and are applying more scrutiny to keep information current. Most importantly, any Designated Agent registrations before December 1st, 2016 will be invalidated at the end of 2017. Everyone who had this protection has to re-register or this important litigation shield goes away.