DMCA Takedown Notices

Definition updated on November 2023

What are DMCA takedown notices?

Copyright holders can use the DMCA notice and takedown process to get user-uploaded content that violates their copyrights removed from websites. A takedown notice is sent to a service provider by the copyright owner (or the owner's representative) asking them to remove content that violates their copyright. A service provider could be a web host, a search engine, a website operator, an internet service provider, or another form of online site operator. The copyright law specifies the number of components that must be present in a takedown notification. The service provider could refuse to remove the material if the majority of these requirements are not met.

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