DMCA Agent Lawyer & Service - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

ProWeb

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I'll be honest, I really don't like lawyers. I also hate that I have to go through so many hoops to be covered with DMCA for my communities / forums. I also despise legal paperwork and processes.

So, after some digging, I found a WONDERFUL solution to all my problems! I've been using www.DMCAAgentService.com for about a year and a half for all my DMCA troubles.

Every interaction with them has been phenomenal and... dare I say... pleasant! :eek:

If you need a DMCA agent and/or help navigating all the processes, etc., definitely reach out to them!
 

Floyd R Turbo

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$70/year for 20 sites/apps? Seems like a cheap service. But this is kind of like having a designated agent for an LLC or 501c3, which similarly costs about $100-$200/year if you need one
The Cost

We charge $70 a year to act as your DMCA agent and register you under our master account with the Copyright Office – about the cost of a couple coffees a month. For this fee, we will:

  • Act as your DMCA agent for up to a combined 20 sites or apps.
  • Take care of the registration process with the Copyright Office for you.
  • Pay the filing fee charged by the Copyright Office.
  • Provide you with a DMCA form for your site or app containing the information required under the law.
Please note the fee covers up to 25 complaints a month across all your properties. There is a $10 surcharge for each additional 25 takedown notices received in a calendar month. For example:

  • Your site receives 25 complaints in February – no surcharge.
  • Your site receives 35 complaints in February – $10 surcharge.
  • Your site receives 55 complaints in February – $20 surcharge and so on.
We recommend that any site or app expecting to receive more than 50 complaints a month develop an internal DMCA compliance process and agent designation.
 

Alpha1

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It seems to me that all they do is forward the complaints to you, which doesn't really safe work.
 

we_are_borg

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It seems to me that all they do is forward the complaints to you, which doesn't really safe work.

You are right on there site
Please note that this service does not include evaluating or responding to the copyright complaints. You must handle the complaints yourself using a guide such as the “DMCA Handbook” [available on Amazon] or by retaining legal counsel in your area.

Evaluating and responding are where the cost are.
 

Paul M

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How many forums get enough DMCA notices to even need anything like this ?
 

Xon

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How many forums get enough DMCA notices to even need anything like this ?
AFAIK, If you do not have a registered DMCA agent, you strictly speaking do not qualify for DMCA safe harbor. If your hosting provider doesn't pass on notices they receive, you may have your site suspended/terminated unexpectedly.

That said most complaints just end if you take down the content.

But I'm not a lawyer, so seek actual legal advise on how this impacts you and any relationship with your providers.
 

Floyd R Turbo

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registered DMCA agent
^ this, as I understand it this is just another thing to do. Kind of like when you have a business entity, you need to designate a registered agent. They just do this for you

Then there's this
Q: Do I need a third party to be my agent?

A: No. You can do it yourself. Many people are hesitant to, however, since your personal information including name, email address, and phone number is listed in the public Copyright Office database as well as on your site or app. At a minimum, you are looking at a tsunami of email spam and sales calls. In a worst case scenario, critics and weirdos can start contacting you or show up at your door.
Q. How many domains or apps can I use you as an agent on with the service?

A: The $70 fee covers up to a total of 20 domains and apps.
Q: Does the $70 fee cover the fee charged by the Copyright Office for registering a DMCA agent?

A: Yes. The Copyright Office now requires you renew each DMCA agent registration every three years, and we’ll also cover that fee as well if you are still using us as an agent.

So the question is, it is worth having to learn how to do all this stuff yourself of is it a more valuable use of your time to pay someone $70/year to do it all for you so you can do stuff that makes you money insteadl

DMCA safe harbor
This is the thing people are forgetting....
 

kontrabass

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Just signed up. We were just hit by a very well known copyright infringement troll who found an obscure image someone posted in 2017. Demanding thousands of dollars in settlement. DMCA safe harbor is where it's at, and no way I'm going to list my personal info as public contact.
 

Alpha1

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Their FAQ is hilarious.
6. Why does the service cost more for adult sites?

A. Because we get far more complaints for porn sites plus random calls suggesting we are going to hell, etc. And weird guys with machetes showing up on the lawn – those guys are totally not cool. Also, we have to explain to grandma at Thanksgiving dinner why we are listed on BettysButteryBreasts.com. That woman does not hold back with the holy water spray, and it burns. It burns good!
 
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