Protect Your Site - Protect Yourself

Does your website host content uploaded by users? Do you run a forum? Have a comment section? Accept user submissions? Then you need a DMCA Agent.

Under the law in the United States, as well as many other countries, hosts are typically not held liable for any infringements made by their users. However, in order to earn that protection, you need to have a DMCA agent to receive complaints of copyright infringement.

Without a DMCA agent, anything your users upload to your site or service is a potential liability. To protect yourself and your site, you need to appoint a DMCA agent. To protect your privacy and get professional assistance, you need to choose us.

How it Works

Step 1: Fill Out the Form Below

Getting started is easy. Simply fill out the form below and tell us what domains you wish to protect and what level you want to start at.

Generally, unless you already know how many DMCA notices to expect, we recommend starting at the lowest tier and stepping up only if necessary.

After that, we will ask you any follow up questions that are necessary and then send you an invoice for the annual amount.

Step 2: We Register As Your DMCA Agent

Once we receive payment on the invoice, we will register ourselves with the U.S. Copyright Office as your DMCA agent. This is a necessary step to ensure compliance.

All filing fees are included in the price so you do not have to worry about handling the U.S. Copyright Office in any way.

Likewise, even though we will be required to provide your contact information, none of that information is publicly available. Only CopyByte's address, phone, email and other contact information will be publicly visible.

Step 3: Update Your Site

In addition to registering with the U.S. Copyright Office, the law requires that the information be placed on your site.

There are multiple ways that this can be done. We can create a web page on our site that you simply link to or we can provide the needed verbiage to use on your site. We can also provide a simple form for users to file DMCA notices.

Once the information is on your site and with the U.S. Copyright Office, you are protected and there's nothing else you need to do other than respond to complete DMCA notices.

Step 4: We Process Incoming DMCA Notices

Once all of that is done, we'll receive all of the incoming correspondence regarding DMCA notices. We will reject any and all incomplete DMCA notices and provide assistance in correcting any such errors.

When we receive a full and complete notice, we will pass it along to you for action. Under the law, you are required to "expeditiously" remove or disable access to infringing works.

Through the process we act as a go-between for you and the filer so your information is never shared with them but you remain fully compliant with the law.

Why Choose Us?

Protect Your Privacy

Don't share your contact information with the world. Keep your email, phone number, address and other information safe while complying with the law. We use our information so you don't have to.

Experience That Counts

With 15 years of experience we have served both as filers and agents on DMCA notices. We know what filers are looking for and how to make the process as painless as possible.

Transparent & Affordable Pricing

We understand that, while many sites need a DMCA agent, very few need a full or even a part-time one. As such, we price not just to be affordable, but to make the process as simple as possible.

A Complete Solution

At CopyByte, we can provide everything you need including the language to add to your site, a DMCA form and, if needed, we can host it all for you. We are a one-stop solution.

Solid Advice

We work hard to not just be a middle person for your DMCA notices, but to offer advice on ways to make the process easier and less expensive. We believe a good process makes everyone happy.

The Personal Touch

We understand that no two sites or services are the same. We offer flexible services to make them work for everyone and include them in one low price. We want to be part of YOUR success.

Pricing

0 Notices Per Month
For New Sites
$45
Per Year

Use Our Contact Information

We Process Incoming Notices

Website Verbiage Provided

Hosted Form (Optional)

$10 per Notice Processed

11-50 Notices Per Month
For Sites That Need More
$120
Per Year

Use Our Contact Information

We Process Incoming Notices

Website Verbiage Provided

Hosted Form (Optional)

Up to 50 Notices Per Month

Over 50 Notices Per Month
For High-Demand Sites
Varies
Per Year

Use Our Contact Information

We Process Incoming Notices

Website Verbiage Provided

Hosted Form (Optional)

Unlimited DMCA Agent Support

FAQs

Under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), sites and services that host content on behalf of users are, in general, not liable when that content turns out to be infringing. However, hosts have certain obligations under the law including removing infringing materials after being notified and appointing a DMCA agent to receive such notifications.

This agent's contact information can must be available both on your website and registered with the U.S. Copyright Office. Otherwise, it's possible you or your company could be held liable if a user uploads infringing material.

Probably nothing. Many websites that accept content from users don't have a DMCA agent and see no ill effects from it. However, the risk is always there. If a user uploads infringing material and the rightsholder is upset enough, they could sue you for damages as, without a DMCA agent, you do not qualify for safe harbor.

While this is an unlikely scenario, the cost of litigating a copyright infringement case costs tens of thousands of dollars and that is before any damages are awarded. Those damages can reach $150,000 per work.

In that regard, a DMCA agent is like an insurance policy. It's a small price to pay to avoid the possibility of a much bigger headache down the road.

The DMCA is a U.S. law. However, many other nations, including the European Union, Australia and New Zealand have laws similar to the DMCA. Though the specifics of how each law operates varies, the core idea of notice-and-takedown remains a common theme and the DMCA has largely emerged as an international standard for compliance.

That said, if you are not based in the United States, take a moment to study your country's laws and see if you could benefit from a DMCA agent. Many international companies and operators do, others may not. If you have questions, please feel free to contact us.

Absolutely! The DMCA states that you need to appoint a DMCA agent, not who that agent has to be. It can be almost anyone, including yourself.

That said, many don't with to have their contact information shared so publicly nor do they wish to deal with the hassle of processing DMCA notices. For those, a DMCA agent service, like ours, makes a great deal of sense and provides both privacy and expert processing for a small annual fee.

Unless you already known how many DMCA notices you will receive, we generally recommend that you start with the lowest plan. Most of our customers come nowhere close to the 10 notice per month limit. In fact, most only receive a handful per year and some receive none at all.

If your needs are greater we can easily step up the plan but cases such as those are extremely rare in our experience.

The U.S. Copyright Office requires that each separate legal entity be registered separately. However, each legal entity can have an unlimited number of alternate names. For example, if your company operates 20 forums, you can have all 20 forums under one registration. However, if you have two companies, each with 10 forums, each company has to be registered separately.

 

No. We will only count notices that require action against your total. However, if your site has a very large problem with incorrect or incomplete notices, we will work with you to reduce their numbers. Usually, such notices are relatively rare and are easily handled on our end with form contact letters and guidance on filing a full notice.

After we receive a completed notice, we will then forward it on to you (or your designated contact) for removal. We will then notify the filer that we have submitted the notice to you for proper action but not provide them your contact information. We will remain a go-between throughout.

Once the content has been removed, we will follow up with the filer to let them know that it has been done.

No. The reason is not legal but security. As a DMCA agent, we represent countless of different providers and, if we had access to all of their backend information, it would be a major security risk. It is much more secure to simply have the site itself remove the allegedly infringing material.

This also provides an additional check in the process. Though we are careful to only pass along complete notices, you may well be aware of information about the content that might make removal unwarranted. As such, it is generally better for us to act as a go-between, not a direct removal service.

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