If your company hosts or operates an interactive website that allows users to post or upload materials, you need to have a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) policy. A DMCA policy gives copyright owners the opportunity to complain if material posted on your website by a user infringes their copyright. So long as you comply with the terms of a properly designed policy, your company will be shielded from liability for hosting a website that displays infringing materials.
For those companies that already have published DMCA policies, a recent change in the law will require you to take steps in the near future to preserve your safe harbor protection. One of the requirements to be eligible for the safe harbor is that companies submit a form to the US Copyright Office identifying the name and contact information of the person designated to receive copyright takedown notices. Effective December 1, 2016, the original designation form has been replaced with a new online system for registration of designated agents. Here are some crucial facts about the transition to this new system:
To summarize – if your company allows third parties to post materials on a website you control, you need a DMCA policy to protect you from liability in the event a user posts materials that infringe someone’s copyright. If you already have a DMCA policy in place, please act promptly to update the designation of your agent to receive takedown notices so your safe harbor will remain protected.
Join us for an instructional webinar on Family Law on March 2nd from 11:00am-12:00pm. Poyner Spruill divorce attorney Steve Epstein will explain the fundamental components of divorce, child custody, child support, alimony, equitable distribution, and alienation of affections. He will also answer questions submitted by attendees.
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We are pleased to announce Chase Johnson has joined the firm as an associate lawyer in the Raleigh office. Her law practice involves representing investment banks and financial institutions in their roles as issuers, underwriters, and mortgage loan sellers in both public and private offerings of mortgage-backed securities.
We are pleased to announce that Stephanie Sanders has been elected as Partner in the firm. She represents clients in connection with commercial real estate matters, including acquisition, disposition, financing, development and leasing of commercial real estate.