Safe Harbors, DMCA Protects Web Site Owners

The DMCA limits liability of web site owners who are unaware that infringing material is contained within or being uploaded to their web site. 17 U.S.C. 512 et seq. provides safe harbors to web site owners who comply with the statute. The statute’s requirements include designating an agent to accept notice of copyright infringement, providing a good address, email and phone number of that agent at the web site, filing a form with the U.S. Copyright Office with the foregoing information and paying the fee.