Selecting a DMCA agent may seem the simplest task in the world, but the truth is you really need to think the selection through. While Section 512(c) of the law doesn’t place much in the way of restrictions on who can act as the DMCA agent, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t consider a number of practical issues. For instance, should you use an employee as your DMCA agent?
Employees as DMCA Agents
An additional issue to keep in mind is the position of your employ. Unless you are a large online business, you are unlikely to be hiring individuals to act specifically as agents. Instead, the person may be a secretary or another position and know little to nothing about copyright law. Some people just should not be DMCA agents. Asking a person to fill a legal position that they likely known nothing about can make more than a few individuals uncomfortable. Uncomfortable enough that they will leave the position for another company? Your guess is as good as mine, but it is food for thought.
The other side of this equation is, of course, that your company must respond to DMCA takedown requests quickly – within 48 hours. Given this, picking someone who is responsible is incredibly important. We all know – cough – some employees are not.
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