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Client Alert - Copyright Office DMCA Agent Update

Copyright Office Requires Update of All
DMCA Agents to Maintain Protection from Liability
If your company owns or operates a website that allows users to post content online (text, images, video, etc.), then a recent rule change from the U.S. Copyright Office means action is necessary to protect your company from potential liability for copyright infringement. Under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA"), operators of websites that allow user-generated content to be posted are insulated from liability for copyright infringement under certain conditions. Those conditions include posting and implementing a DMCA Takedown Procedure, whereby plaintiffs can request removal of infringing content from your website. DMCA protection also requires companies to register agents with the Copyright Office who are responsible for handling takedown demands. Considering the significant potential liability that can arise due to actions by users of your websites, the DMCA provides extremely valuable and cost effective protection that we recommend to all clients operating interactive websites.

Writing and Developing Your College Textbook: A Comprehensive Guide

Scheduled for release in December of 2016, Steve Gillen's new book from the Textbook & Academic Authors Association (TAA) will help you take your textbook project from concept to completion. In their three section book, Writing and Developing Your College Textbook: A Comprehensive Guide, Steve and his co-authors Mary Ellen Lepionka and Sean W. Wakely guide you through the monumental process of textbook creation through comprehensive exploration of the following three topics: 

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