Copyright Alert: New Copyright Office Electronic System to Register Designated Agents Under the DMCA 12/02/2016Posted by Morse, Barnes-Brown Pendleton in Intellectual Property.
Tags: copyright, copyright infringement, copyright office, digital millennium copyright act, DMCA, safe harbor
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Effective December 1, 2016, the US Copyright Office rolled out a new electronic system for the online registration of designated agents under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”). Consequently, all online service providers who want the benefit of the safe harbor against copyright infringement claims are required to register under the new electronic system or, if they’re already registered under the old paper system, to submit fresh designations under the electronic system by December 31, 2017. Thus, agents who previously filed hardcopies of their DMCA agent designations must now do so again online, within the next 13 months, in order to keep the benefits of the safe harbor.
To learn more about the DMCA and necessary compliance, read the full alert.