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Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) Takedown Notice Frequently Asked Questions

What Is A Digital Millennium Copyright Act DMCA Takedown Notice?

The DMCA Takedown Notice is made pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) which is a United States copyright law that implements two 1996 treaties of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). It criminalizes production and dissemination of technology, devices, or services intended to circumvent measures (commonly known as digital rights management or DRM) that control access to copyrighted works. It also criminalizes the act of circumventing an access control, whether or not there is actual infringement of copyright itself. In addition, the DMCA heightens the penalties for copyright infringement on the Internet.

A DMCA Takedown Notice is a legal request to remove or disable access to allegedly infringing material. It is usually sent by copyright holders or their representatives to the service provider hosting the infringing content. The service provider is then required to remove the content or face liability for copyright infringement.

Who Are Website Service Providers?

Website service providers, also known as Internet service providers (ISPs), are companies that provide individuals and businesses with access to the Internet. They offer a range of services such as hosting websites, providing email services, and offering high-speed Internet access. Examples of website service providers include:

• Internet Service Providers (ISPs): companies that provide Internet access to customers through various technologies such as DSL, cable, fiber, and satellite.
• Web hosting companies: companies that provide server space and bandwidth to host websites.
• Content delivery networks (CDNs): companies that distribute and deliver digital content, such as videos and images, through a network of servers located in multiple locations.
• Email service providers: companies that provide email hosting and delivery services to businesses and individuals.

These service providers are responsible for the content that is hosted on their servers and are required to follow the rules and regulations set forth by the DMCA.

How Do You Find Out Who Is The Registered Owner Of A Website Domain And The ISP?

The registered owner of a website domain can be found by performing a WHOIS lookup. WHOIS is a publicly accessible database that contains information about registered domain names, including the name, address, and contact information of the domain’s registrant. The information provided by the “whois” lookup will include the registrar and the ISP hosting the website, along with other information such as the registered owner and contact information

You can perform a WHOIS lookup by visiting a WHOIS lookup service website and entering the domain name you want to look up. Some popular WHOIS lookup services include, and These websites will then return the WHOIS record for the domain, which should include contact information for the registrant and ISP.

However, it is worth mentioning that many domain registrars offer privacy protection service for their customers which will hide the personal information of the registrant from public view in the WHOIS database, so you may not be able to find the contact information of the registrant.

How Much Do Attorneys Charge For A DMCA Takedown Notice?

The cost of hiring an attorney to draft and send a DMCA takedown notice can vary depending on a number of factors, such as the attorney’s location, experience, and the complexity of the situation.

Generally speaking, the cost can range from a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars. Some attorneys charge a flat fee for drafting and sending the notice, while others charge an hourly rate.

Additionally, some attorneys may charge additional fees for services such as monitoring the infringing content, negotiating with the infringing party, or representing the client in legal proceedings related to the infringement.

It’s important to note that some copyright holders may be able to send the notice themselves, without hiring an attorney. However, in cases where the infringement is particularly flagrant or the copyright holder wants to take legal action, it may be worth consulting with an attorney to ensure that the notice is effective and that all legal options are considered.



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