Everything You Should Know About DMCA Protection

Around 4.66 billion people use the internet daily, according to statistical research. Almost all of them encountered copyright infringement in some way, whether as a perpetrator or a victim.

The internet may seem like an open-source with content available to everyone, but that is not the case. Every image, article, or piece of music posted online was created by an actual person, and there is no excuse for using someone else’s work without proper credits.

To avoid being on either side of a copyright violation, start learning how copyright works, what are copyright laws, and how to copyright 


This should give you a clear idea about the DMCA and the protection it provides.

What Does DMCA Stand For?

DMCA, or Digital Millennium Copyright Act, is the U.S. copyright law, from 1998. It was created to regulate online copyright violations since the internet started developing rapidly.

The law resolved numerous issues regarding copyright and how it can be regulated on the internet. It aligned the U.S. legislation with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Copyright Treaty of 1996.

The other important aspect was granting a viable option for online platforms to work, without the risks of copyright infringement liability that their users might carry out.

How Does DMCA Protection Work?

The DMCA regulates rights and obligations of both copyright owners and online service providers through features like:

  • Safe Harbor
  • Takedown Notice
  • Protection Badges and Certificates

Safe Harbor

The DMCA includes a set of provisions used to protect online service providers and other internet mediators from copyright infringement liability. They are widely known as the DMCA Safe Harbors.

An online service provider has to meet certain requirements to qualify:

  • Website users select and upload the content
  • Content is passed to other users without any modification
  • The process is completely automatic, and the web host must not interfere in any way

If a third party, usually the copyright owner, discovers copyright infringement, they can file a takedown notice with the web host.

Takedown Notice Service

DMCA Takedown service uses copyright notices to take down stolen from a certain website.

See the services that DMCA offers and their features in the table below:

Full-Service Takedown Webmasters DIY Service
  • A straightforward form
  • For regular users and content creators
  • One use per service
  • Full DMCA assistance
  • $199 per site
  • A DIY takedown kit
  • For webmasters and internet professionals
  • Unlimited use
  • $10 per month or $100 per year

If you receive a takedown notice, you have to remove the content that allegedly violated the copyright. You must also respond to the notice to avoid possible legal penalties.

The person who posted the content can submit a counter-notice if they have proof that the violation did not occur.

DMCA Protection Badge

A DMCA protection badge is a symbol shown on your websites to chase away potential content stealers. When you register for a DMCA badge, you get full protection and the ability to take down any website that uses your content without permission. 

Three badge options are available:

  • Basic Protection
  • No Badge Protection
  • Compliance Badge

The basic protection is a free option that protects your website or a blog by putting a free badge on it. The badge is used as a warning to content thieves to stay away from your online intellectual property. Protection Pro provides upgraded features. You can check the differences in the table below:

Basic Protection Protection Pro
  • Free
  • Standard badges
  • One free takedown per year
  • Website certificate
  • 10% off all professional takedown services
  • Allows you to keep track of your protected pages
  • $10 per month
  • Standard and premium badges
  • 10 free takedowns per year
  • Search for copies of your content online
  • Verified website certificate
  • You can create multiple takedowns
  • Offers a Website Detective option to find out who is stealing your content

The No Badge Protection secures your website or blog without adding the badge to it. It is the quickest and easiest option, and you only need to log in and register your website on the DMCA. This way, your website is protected, and the DMCA does all the work.

A compliance badge is a way of securing your website without having to monitor copyright infringement and takedown notices. It is the best option for online service providers and webmasters since it saves a lot of time and money. 

When you register for a compliance badge, the DMCA handles all takedown notices for you. It eliminates fake or invalid requests and notifies you only when a valid takedown notice is filed.

How To File a DMCA Takedown Notice

If you discover that your content is used without your permission, file a DMCA Takedown notice to take it down.

You can do that by following these steps:

  1. Open DMCA’s website
  2. Go to Takedowns and select Start a Takedown
  3. Enter takedown details
  4. Enter your account info
  5. Select a takedown service
  6. Hit the Proceed to Checkout button
  7. Make the payment

DMCA cannot offer full protection outside the U.S., but it can come in handy if:

  • The web host is not U.S.-based, but you are, and your copyright falls under the DMCA protection
  • You live outside the U.S., but a violation of your copyright occurred on a website based in the States.

File a DMCA Takedown Notice In a Heartbeat With DoNotPay

With the new and convenient DoNotPay’s feature, you won’t have to hire legal professionals to help you with copyright infringement. We will show you how to file a DMCA takedown notice in no time!

Open DoNotPay in your web browser and do the following:

  1. Click on the DMCA Takedown option
  2. Type the title of your work in the box
  3. Paste the URL where the work was originally posted
  4. Paste the URL of the page with the stolen content
  5. Confirm account info and click on the Sign and Submit button

It is an easy process, and you can file as many notices as you want. When you file DMCA takedown notices with DoNotPay, you don’t need proof of copyright ownership.

You will be able to see the results in the My Disputes tab.

You Can Accomplish Much More With DoNotPay

DoNotPay offers a safe and easy way to file a takedown notice, but that is not all. We can give you the much-needed information about everything copyright-related, from how long it lasts to what the difference between a trademark and copyright is. Learn what a copyright claim is, how copyright works on YouTube, or how to copyright artwork, from a song to a script.

Browse through the copyright examples or cases of copyright infringement and get the upper hand over the content thieves.

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