In 2016, the Copyright Office launched a new DMCA agent registration system. With that system came new rules. One is a DMCA agent registration must be renewed every three years. The requirement is considered somewhat controversial because the previous system did not require any renewals. So, let’s take an in-depth look at DMCA Agent registration renewals and how the new process will function.
DMCA Agent Renewal
Now contrast the above scenario with the new system. What is the cost to register the same 20 domains now? $6. What is the price to amend the filing to remove or add a few domains? $6. And what is the cost to renew the agent registration every three years? You smart cookie. I bet you can guess the answer – $6. [Momma didn’t raise no fool!]
Ah! But the renewals will add up and eventually cost more than the filing fee in the old system! True. In 69 years. The life expectancy of men is 76.4 years while women are expected to live to 81.2 on average. So…if you started your sites at the age of 6.5 if you are male and 12.2 if you are female AND you hold on to those sites for 69 years…then you can complain. Send me a note when you do.
In short, the “money-making scheme” argument is much ado about nothing.
2019 also happens to be the first year that we see the renewal process in action. Starting in December, the first batch of registrations in the new system in December 2016 will come up for registration. We will provide live updates on how the renewal system works…okay, that’s a blatant lie…but we will provide updates from time to time on how to make sure you renew. If you are one of our clients, of course, we’ll take care of it for you.