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Designated DMCA Agent

On December 1, 2017, the U.S. Copyright Office went live with its new DMCA Agent database, and revamped the procedures for designating an agent for receipt of copyright infringement notices. For any reader who does not know about the benefits of designating a DMCA Agent, or which sites should take advantage of this procedure, the author's previous article covering those topics can be found here: http://www.firstamendment.com/dmca-agent/. This article focuses on the recent changes to the procedures and the consequences of failing to comply with the new requirements for designating a DMCA Agent.

First, and most importantly, all website operators or online service providers ("Service Providers") who might want to claim DMCA safe harbor defenses relating to user-generated content must designate a DMCA Agent using the new automated filing system ("New System") by December 31, 2017.

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Lawrence Walters

Past-President and National Chairman of the First Amendment Lawyers Association, and founder of the Florida Bar's First Amendment Law Committee, Lawrence G. Walters also acts as General Counsel to the Woodhull Freedom Foundation, which advocates for the human right to sexual expression.

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