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How Does a DMCA Takedown Work?

DMCA takedown is a process for removing copyright-infringing content from the internet. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) provides a safe harbor for websites that host user-generated content. This means that website owners are not responsible for any copyright infringement by users as long as they promptly remove infringing material upon notification. To make a takedown request, you must provide the online service provider with two pieces of information:

Your contact information, including your name, address and phone number; and
An identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed, or if multiple works are covered by a single notification, a representative list of such works on the website.

You should also provide sufficient information about the allegedly infringing material so that the service provider can locate it easily. You should also specify what action you want to be taken by the service provider in response to your notice. Once this information has been provided, it must be sent to either:

The designated agent of the online service provider; or
The copyright owner's authorized representative (e.g., an attorney).

If these requirements are met, most sites will remove or disable access to the infringing material within 10-14 business days of receiving a valid takedown request. If you do not receive a response after sending a takedown notice, you may submit another notification directly to the webmaster of the site hosting the infringing content.

Updated on: 18/04/2023

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