Got a porn site, and need a DMCA agent? Don’t want to list yourself as the agent along with your address, phone number, and email address for all to see? With our DMCA agent service for adult and porn sites, we got you covered.
What’s the 411 on our service? Let’s handle it as an FAQ.
1. What do we do and not do as the agent?
A. We’ll be the public face on your site or app. When people look up the agent to submit a DMCA complaint, they’ll see our information and submit the complaint to us. We then forward the complaint to you for processing. We do not evaluate and respond to complaining parties on your behalf. That’s up to you. Here’s a guide or DIY book to help you do it, or you can consult with your attorney.
2. Why not just list yourself as the agent?
A. You can, but then your name, address, phone number, and email address will be made public on your site/app and in an online database maintained by the Copyright Office. With porn, the chance is much higher than with non-porn sites that you will end up with a “fan,” stalker, or worse showing up at your front door or harassing you online – lots of fun.
Also, once your information is listed on a porn site, it will be there forever given the archival nature of the web. If you decide to leave the porn niche, you probably don’t want people to be able to do searches for your name and see hardcore sex videos. That’s going to be a hard one to explain in a job interview…no pun intended.
3. Do we handle the Copyright Office registration?
A. Yep. We have a master account with the Copyright Office we use for all our clients. In fact, we require it since there are a few of you sneaky devils who might vanish in the future.
4. What does it cost?
A. $30 a month. Once you sign our retainer, we’ll send you to a PayPal subscription link. The fee covers:
- One company
- Up to five sites or apps
- Up to a total of 25 complaints a month
5. Is there a limit on the number of complaints each month?
A. Yes and no. The $30 fee covers up to 25 complaints TOTAL from your properties each calendar month. There is an additional 30 dollar fee for each subsequent tier of 25 complaints. For example:
- 20 complaints in one month = $30
- 40 complaints in a month = $60
- 65 complaints in a month = $90
We will handle clients who receive thousands of complaints a month, but we have custom pricing for larger accounts. The price is more, not less, because keeping track of hundreds or thousands of complaints is a pain in the ass. You will probably want to hire an internal agent if you receive more than a couple of hundred complaints a month.
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!
In truth, being an agent for a porn site is a hell of a lot more work than a non-porn site.
7. Is the service available to individuals or businesses in the European Union?
A. Nope. The powers that be in the EU are losing their collective minds with the GDPR, etc. We don’t target or offer services to people located in the EU because the cost of compliance is a nightmare. Plus that new copyright directive – what the hell? Do people in the EU want the Internet? What kind of a world will it be without memes?
8. Do we help with the business address issue?
A. Yes. If you are not familiar with this nasty new requirement, the Copyright Office issued new regulations for DMCA agents in 2016. Registering parties [you] are now required also to list your business name, real street address [no PO boxes] and all properties covered by the agent in the online database maintained by the Copyright Office as well as on your sites and apps if you want to take advantage of the DMCA safe harbor. This creates a small problem if you work from home or somewhere “sensitive.”
The good news is you can petition the Copyright Office for the right to use a PO Box. We provide a petition form for our clients! The bad news is the petition has to be sent in by snail mail so it can take 30 days or so for it to be approved. We are in communication with the Copyright Office to see if there is some way for speeding this up. We’ll let you know.
9. Do you know the winning numbers for the next lottery drawing?
A. No, but we like Henrietta’s A Hippo in the fifth race down at the track today. Frankly, we don’t know why you wouldn’t bet the farm on her.
Ready to go or have questions? Use this form, and we’ll be in touch faster than a B level celebrity making a sex tape.