What is a Sample DMCA Takedown Notice?

Once you have discovered that your content has been copied by another website and you have contacted them or their DMCA Agent but to no avail, the next step is to file a DMCA Takedown Notice with the infringing website’s hosting company. To find the website’s hosting company and contact information, use one of the…

How Long Do Copyrights Last?

Copyrights do not last forever. If created on or after January 1, 1978, U.S. copyright law automatically protects an original work (including digital content on websites) that has been fixed in a tangible medium of expression. This includes but is not limited to text, videos, and photographs. The copyright term starts at the moment of creation and lasts for the…

What Should You Do if Your Website Content is Stolen?

There has been a rapid increase in websites being copied, from the overall design and branding assets to the text and photographs, through manual copying and pasting, source code theft, and/or automated bots (also called scraping). Though advantageous for many reasons, self-publishing is not without its perils, one of which is the misappropriation of content. Increasingly, many…

How to Properly Format a Copyright Notice

Do you need a copyright notice on your website for your work to be copyrighted and protected? The simple answer is no, but it’s to your advantage to include it. Do you need a federal copyright registration to use the copyright symbol? No. As of March 1, 1989, U.S. law no longer requires the use of a…

What is a Copyright?

Copyright is one of the most important and relevant types of intellectual property for bloggers and digital content creators. A copyright is a form of protection provided by U.S. federal law to the authors of “original works of authorship,” including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works. This protection is available to both published and…