The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (17 U.S.C. § 512)(“DMCA”), creates a safe harbor, or a legal exemption, from copyright infringement liability for Internet service providers (ISPs) and other intermediaries. To encourage and maintain free speech on our sites, Free Courser will push back against DMCA takedown requests if we believe that the content in question is actually lawful. The law requires that DMCA requests be made by the holder of a valid copyright in the work or by an agent authorized to act on behalf of the owner, and requires that requests are made in good faith under penalty of perjury.
If you are a copyright owner and you believe that your work is being infringed, in the spirit of open collaboration, we encourage you to seek resolution through the volunteer community. You may contact abuse with an informal request for content removal. Please provide the exact URL (the “address” or “location” of the page as shown by your web browser) of the content and provide enough information to substantiate your claim of copyright ownership. You must support your concern with a link to your publication, a scanned page of the work, and enough publication details for the volunteer community to evaluate your request.
Alternatively, you may initiate a formal DMCA takedown process. Please note that a third party may submit a counter-notice challenging your takedown request, at which point Free Courser is required to restore the previously-removed content. You may then initiate legal proceedings against the third party who files a DMCA counter-notice in order to determine copyright ownership and the legality of the material’s use. You may also be liable for damages, such as costs and attorney fees if you knowingly and materially misrepresent your claim.