• Steaming into the Safe Harbor: New Online DMCA Registration Regulations Target Real-Life Problems for Website Owners
  • June 20, 2017 | Authors: Ann G. Fort; Walter S. Freitag
  • Law Firm: Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP - Atlanta Office
  • Bloomberg BNA

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    The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) created a safe harbor for website owners to shield them from certain claims of copyright infringement originating from the acts of their users. In order to receive the benefits of the safe harbor, online service providers (OSPs) are required to designate an agent to receive notifications of claimed copyright infringement. On December 1, 2016, the U.S. Copyright Office amended the process for appointing an agent and implemented a new online registration system to use in appointing agents.

    In their article for Bloomberg BNA, Eversheds Sutherland (US) attorneys Ann Fort and Walter Freitag provide background on the DMCA safe harbor protections, breakdown the new rules, discuss who must comply and analyze the consequences for failing to comply.