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Does the DMCA protect me if I post the offending content?
Do I need a third party to be my agent?
What does it cost?
I thought the fee was $60 a year?
Is the service available to individuals or businesses in the European Union?
How many domains or apps can I use you as an agent for with the service?
Does the $70 cover the fee charged by the Copyright Office for registering a DMCA agent?
Can I use a Post Office box as my business address?
Are there any circumstances under which I can provide a P.O. Box for the service provider’s address?
- the name of the service provider;
- the post office box address that the service provider wishes to use;
- a detailed statement providing the reasons supporting the request, with an explanation of the specific threat(s) to an individual’s personal safety or security; and
- an email address and/or physical mail address for any responsive correspondence from the Office.
There is no fee associated with making this request. If the request is approved, the service provider may display the post office box address on its website and will receive instructions from the Office as to how to complete the Office’s electronic registration process.”Nobody is entirely sure what “exceptional circumstances” means, but there isn’t any drawback to at least trying to get permission other than you have to wait for a response. The Copyright Office is not known for being particularly quick, but the attorney in charge of reviewing the petitions is proving to be pretty reasonable. You can find the mailing address for the petition by doing a Google search for “37 C.F.R. 201.1(c)(1).”
We don’t list the address here because it might change in the future and we sure as hell aren’t checking the Code of Federal Regulations each week for updates!
** Update: The Copyright Office is planning to create an online petition system that should speed up the process significantly. We’ll let clients know when it hits.