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Copyright Office to DMCA service providers

by Dentons on

One of the best-known benefits of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) is the safe harbor from copyright infringement liability that it provides "online service providers", broadly defined in the statute as any...more

Last Call: Your Q4 DMCA Agent Designation Reminder

by Jackson Walker on

We are only three months away from the December 31, 2017 deadline for websites and other online service providers to redesignate their DMCA agents under the U.S. Copyright Office’s new online registration system. This is an...more

December 31st Deadline to Re-Register a DMCA Designated Agent

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

Online service providers have until December 31, 2017, to re-register a designated agent with the Copyright Office if they want to remain eligible for protection from copyright infringement liability under the Digital...more

December 31st Deadline for DMCA/OCILLA Designated Agent Renewal Approaching

The U.S. Copyright Office has implemented a new electronic system for registering agents designated to receive notifications of claimed copyright infringement, under Section 512 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act...more

Who Do You Want To Be Your Voice for Medical Matters?

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

In the recently completed legislative session, a bill was passed to revoke the ability of certain individuals to serve as an Agent under a Medical Directive. A Healthcare Directive informs your health care provider about your...more

Disclaiming Proper Appointment With The Secretary Of State – “All You Have To Do Is Ask”

by Allen Matkins on

A lot of things in life may upset you. One these might be discovering that you have been improperly appointed as an agent for service of process, director or officer of a California corporation. Corporations Code Section...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

This Foreign Corporation’s Status May Be Forfeited, But The Resident Agent Remains

by Allen Matkins on

A recent ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Otis D. Wright II illustrates how it may be easier to enter California than to leave it. Real v. St. Jude Med., Inc., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 47081 (C.D. Cal. Mar. 29, 2017)...more

New Year’s Resolution – Be Compliant With the DMCA!

Copyright Office Issues New Rule – A Fresh Designation of Agent Submission is Required Before The End of 2017 to Be Compliant With The DMCA - The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) provides safe harbors from...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

Family Law: Corporate and Trust Challenges to Service of Process and Jurisdiction

by Carlton Fields on

The president of a corporation, manager of a limited liability company, trustee of a family trust, or principal of another business entity receives a summons in a Florida divorce case. One spouse contends the other’s control,...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

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

New Electronic System for DMCA Safe Harbor Agent

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

If your company hosts or operates an interactive website that allows users to post or upload materials, you need to have a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) policy. A DMCA policy gives copyright owners the opportunity...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

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

Re-Register Takedown Agent or Lose Copyright Shield

by McCarter & English, LLP on

If your website allows for posting of user-generated content and you filed an agent designation insulating you from copyright infringement claims, you may be about to lose that legal protection. All existing paper-filed agent...more

Update To DMCA’s Safe Harbor Agent Designations

by Bryan Cave on

Internet service providers keen on preserving the safe harbor provisions contained in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) should take note: the U.S. Copyright Office has developed an online system for designating...more

New Registration Required for Designating Agents Under the DMCA

Under new Copyright Office regulations, parties seeking the benefits of immunity under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act must re-register their Designation of Agents for notice and service through a new electronic...more

Copyright Office Rule Changes Require Website Owners to Take Action to Benefit From DMCA Safe Harbor

On December 1, the US Copyright Office replaced its directory of designated agents for receipt of Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) notices of claimed infringement with a new electronic system. As part of this process,...more

New Regulations Will Affect Service Provider Protections Under the DMCA

by Lathrop Gage on

The Copyright Office recently announced amendments to its regulations that, if not followed, will affect a service provider’s eligibility to seek protection under the safe harbor provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright...more

Changes in Process for Designating Agents for DMCA Safe Harbor Protection

Effective December 1, 2016, companies that wish to benefit from the Digital Millennium Copyright Act's (DMCA's) safe harbors from copyright infringement liability for (i) content stored at the direction of a user (i.e.,...more

Website Operators Must Use New Online System to Qualify for DMCA Safe Harbor

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

On December 1, 2016, online service providers (including most website operators, cloud service providers and online communication services) must qualify for the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) safe harbor by using a...more

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