The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)
The DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) was passed by the U.S. Congress in 1998 to deal with copyright infringement by electronic means, particularly over the Internet.
The DMCA only allows the copyright holder or a legally authorized agent of the copyright holder to legally submit DMCA Notices. If you are neither the copyright holder, nor the authorized agent thereof, and you have information on what you believe to be a copyrighted work found on our service, please direct your findings to the copyright holder. Legally, under the DMCA, only the copyright holder can identify their property and affirm under the penalty of perjury that it should be taken down.
What information do we need in a DMCA Notice?
A properly formatted DMCA Notice will adhere to the guidelines and principals established by the DMCA itself. The necessary elements of a properly formed DMCA Notice are:
- Clear identification of the person or entity submitting the DMCA Notice.
- Clearly stated relationship to the copyright holder (self or authorized agent).
- Message-IDs for all articles the DMCA Notice is requesting painmaiden take down. Please keep in mind some files are large enough to be posted across several Usenet articles; these are called multi-part posts. Be certain to identify by Message-ID all articles you want taken down.
- Clear statement, under penalty of perjury, that the information in the notification is accurate and that you are copyright holder, or authorized to act on behalf of the copyright holder.
- A “physical or electronic signature” of an authorized person to act on behalf of the owner. This is fulfilled by a name and a physical address that the authorized individual can be contacted should someone wish to contest your notification.
- While not legally required by the DMCA, including “copyright violation” in the subject line of your email will flag your DMCA Notice and bypass spam categorization.
- Submit the Notice to firstname.lastname@example.org