Practice Alert for Operators of Interactive Websites
As of this month, the system has been radically overhauled and owners can now provide all this information online and pay the significantly reduced fee of $6. In addition, a specific person need not be named (instead a role like “General Counsel” or “Compliance Dept.” can be listed).
For those with agents already on file prior to December 2016, the Copyright Office is requiring re-filing through the electronic system by the end of 2016. All filers must renew every three years.
It is extremely important to stay in compliance with the DMCA as protection against costly copyright infringement lawsuits based on the actions of your website users.
I’ll be reaching out to clients who I know are registered through the old system. Whether or not your website is currently interactive, if you’d like to know more about the safe harbor or copyright risks in general, please email email@example.com. Visit the online registry for more information.