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What You Need to Know About Fair Use

Copyright protection is automatic in the US and most of the civilized countries of the world. Create a work of original expression, record it, and monopoly rights vest automatically. If that were all it took, though, pushing the envelope of art, science, or culture by publishing works that build upon what has come before would be impossible.

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.

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