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Service Providers Must Re-Register Designated Agents by December 31st to Continue DMCA Safe-Harbor Protection

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) provides a great deal of protection to Internet service providers that maintain an online presence (e.g. through the use of a website) through specially defined “safe harbors.” We...more

Reminder: Service Providers Must Comply with New Requirements for Copyright Safe Harbor by December 31, 2017

Under regulations issued late last year by the United States Copyright Office, to receive safe harbor protection, all “service providers” must electronically register an agent to receive notices of copyright infringement...more

You May Be an OSP: Know These Changes to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act

by Blank Rome LLP on

Action Item: This alert provides an overview of important new changes to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) portion of U.S. copyright law that impact online service providers (“OSPs)—including countless websites,...more

Intellectual Property and E-commerce Shops

by Revision Legal on

If you’re the owner of an e-commerce shop, you deal with intellectual property everyday. Intellectual property refers to the creations of the human mind. This includes symbols, images, names, inventions, and literary and...more

New Safe Harbor Requirement to Maintain Immunity from Copyright Infringement

by Stinson Leonard Street on

Online Service Providers Re-File Your DMCA Agent Designations to Prevent Expiration - If your company has a website that allows third parties to post any kind of content (text, pictures or video), then it may be liable...more

Tick Tock - Website Owners Face Deadline to Preserve Liability Safe Harbor

All owners of websites accessible in the United States need to be aware of new rules that directly control a website owner’s potential liability for copyright infringement. On December 1, 2016, the United States Copyright...more

Brewery and Beer Distributor Sued over Promotional Contest

by Klein Moynihan Turco LLP on

A North Carolina woman has commenced legal action against Anheuser-Busch, LLC (“Anheuser-Busch”) and its North Carolina distributor, R.A. Jeffreys Distributing Company (“R.A. Jeffreys”), in connection with Anheuser-Busch’s...more

U.S. Copyright Office Creates New Registration Process for DMCA Agents

Under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), website operators and other Internet Service Providers (collectively, ISPs) can obtain protection from liability for copyright infringement claims based on the material...more

Intellectual Property Bulletin - Winter 2017

by Fenwick & West LLP on

A Smooth Patch in a Rough Road? Governmental Transition and Intellectual Property - Whenever a new Congress convenes, some IP issues come to the fore while others take a back seat. Transition to a new administration in...more

AILPA Letter to Trump administration lays out top IP priorities

by Barley Snyder on

The quick appointment of a qualified leader and significant changes to the U.S. Copyright Office are just some of the major wish-list items the American Intellectual Property Law Association is hoping President Donald Trump’s...more

Website Operators Must Comply with New DMCA Agent Registration Procedures or Risk Liability for Copyright Infringement

by Wilson Elser on

Initiation of copyright infringement claims on the internet is becoming more prevalent with the increasing sophistication of software that lets copyright owners scour the internet for infringements of images. If your website...more

Client Alert: Action Needed by Organizations whose Websites allow User Postings

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

Businesses and nonprofits that operate a website or other online presence (mobile app, blog, portal, game, etc.) where users may post content (for example, in a user forum) will need to take action in 2017 in order to obtain...more

Don’t Lose Your DMCA Safe Harbor Protection

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

If your website allows users to post content, you’re probably already familiar with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Among other things, the DMCA provides online service providers a “safe harbor” from potential liability...more

New Year's Resolution for Website Operators: Register Your Designated Copyright Agents in the Copyright Office's New Electronic...

by Baker Donelson on

The U.S. Copyright Office announced a new online system to designate copyright agents for online service providers under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA"). The online designation system replaces the former paper...more

Congress Introduces First Post-Obama Copyright Review Policy Proposal

by Reed Smith on

Last week, members of the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee introduced their first of many upcoming policy proposals aimed at modernizing U.S. copyright law, and, specifically, the U.S. Copyright Office. This...more

Copyright Office Enters the 21st Century with an Online Registration System for DMCA Agents

In an effort to improve accuracy and searchability, the United States Copyright Office has joined the 21st century with an online service to house the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s designated agency registration...more

U.S. Copyright Office Announces New Rule Governing Designation of Copyright Agents

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) protects eligible internet platforms from secondary liability for copyright infringement under the "safe harbor" of 17 U.S.C. § 512. One condition of safe harbor protection is that...more

More Autonomy for U.S. Copyright Office?

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

A proposal was released December 8, 2016 by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and committee member John Conyers (D-Mich.) targeted towards modernizing the U.S. Copyright system and granting more...more

DMCA Designated Agent Directory Goes Digital

by Locke Lord LLP on

Effective on December 1, 2016, the U.S. Copyright Office has formally replaced the existing paper-based “interim” DMCA agent registration procedure with a permanent, online-only system. Under the Digital Millennium...more

Copyright Office changes procedures for DMCA agent designations

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

If users ever post anything on a website you operate, you need to protect yourself from any copyright infringement they commit. And a new rule just enacted by the Copyright Office imposes a few new hoops and hurdles for that...more

ALERT: Re-docking at the Safe Harbor: US Copyright Office Requires Re-Registration for Digital Millennium Copyright Act Safe...

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

On December 1, 2016, the US Copyright Office outlined a new online procedure for websites, hosting companies, mobile app publishers and other internet services that permit user-generated content (service providers) to...more

Action is Necessary: Designate Your Copyright Agent To Ensure Your DMCA Safe Harbor Protection Continues

Under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”), an online service provider (“OSP”) – such as the owner of a website that allows users to post user content – may be eligible for a safe harbor from copyright infringement...more

Copyright Office Establishes New Electronic DMCA Agent Registration

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

Service Providers Must Re-register Online to Maintain Safe Harbor Protection - A service provider seeking to take advantage of certain of the safe harbors under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) is required...more

New Copyright Office Rule Creates Potential “Gotcha” for Blogs and Websites Hosting User-Generated Content

If your company operates a website or blog that hosts user-generated content, you’ll want to read this post carefully. We’re ringing the alarm bell on an important new U.S. copyright law development that, if ignored,...more

New DMCA Agent Registration Rules Essential to Section 512 Immunity

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Recent copyright office rule changes could terminate an unsuspecting OSP’s eligibility for the DMCA’s safe harbor provisions. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) creates an important safe harbor from copyright...more

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