Digital Millennium Copyright Act
It is our policy to respond to notices of alleged infringement that comply with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and other applicable intellectual property laws. It is our policy to remove material from public view that we believe in good faith to be copyrighted material that has been illegally copied and distributed by any of our members or users. It is also our policy to terminate the accounts of repeat offenders. If we remove or disable access to comply with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act we will make a good-faith attempt to contact the member who published the listing so that they may make a counter notification pursuant to sections 512(g)(2) and (3) of that Act.
If you believe that content residing on or accessible through our website infringes a copyright for which you own or are a designated agent, please send a notice of infringement by contacting us with information that sets forth the items specified below.
To expedite our ability to process your request, please use the following format:
Title of the specific listing.
URL of the page that contains the copyrighted work.
Specific nature of the copyright infringement you believe is occurring.
Details of your claim to the material, or your relationship to the material copyright holder.
Provide your full name and address, should we need to clarify your claim.
Provide a working email address where we can contact you to confirm your claim.
Include the following statement: "I have a good faith belief that use of the copyrighted materials described above on the allegedly infringing web pages is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law."
Include the following statement: "I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in the notification is accurate and that I am the copyright owner or am authorized to act on behalf of the copyright owner to make this complaint."
We will review your claim and determine its merit. If, after our review, we believe your claim is sufficient to remove the information from public view, we will do so immediately and provide you with confirmation. If your claim is insufficient to act upon, or, in our consideration the material has been posted with a good faith effort and compliant with the DMCA, we will notify you and provide you opportunity to clarify or seek additional remedy.
What is copyrighted and what is not, in general:
For any work published after Jan 1. 1978, the copyright duration is from creation to 70 years after the author’s death. For corporate owned works, (works made for hire) and anonymous and pseudonymous works, the duration of copyright is 95 years from first publication. Also, any work published after Jan 1, 1978 is automatically copyrighted. That does not mean it is a registered copyright, it just means you don’t have to register to prove it is yours. You do have to register the work to benefit from statutory awards or to file a lawsuit through.
For works published before Jan 1, 1978, copyright protection required registration with the Copyright Office and a notice of copyright © on the works.
The terms for a copyright varies because the law changed over the years, but generally, copyright terms were much shorter and required the registration to be renewed. Here are some general guidelines.
Any work published before January 1, 1923 is in the public domain.
Any work published between 1923 and 1977 that doesn’t have a copyright notice, is in the public domain
Any work created between 1923 and 1963 with a notice but copyright wasn’t renewed, is in the public domain.
Any work created between 1923 and 1963 with a notice and was renewed or from 1963 until 1977 is copyrighted for 95 years from the first date of publication, which means as of 2013, are all under copyright protection.