Because the internet is vast, that does not mean that there are no laws that govern it. There is, in fact, a governing body, and some of them are strict on all content creators. When mentioning content creators, think about webmasters, app developers, copywriters, bloggers, and vloggers. In short, these creators include everyone that releases any kind of content on the web.
The origin of the idea
Primarily, the internet has a lot to offer. Some people are authentic enough to come up with their content. Others, because of inadequacy, may lack original ideas. Hence, they choose to copy what is already on the internet.
In most countries, they would refer that as a copyright infringement. The US government refers to it as the DMCA law. It is the short form of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The bill, which was established in 1198, came to protect online content creators and their online property.
Note that the law does not protect online users who are outside the US.
The DMCA Notice
If a webmaster or an app owner discovers that you published their content, they have the right to issue you a DMCA notice. You can also request a search engine company to take down the material, and they should do so immediately.
The first notice should come to them as a warning. In case the person refuses to adhere to your demands, then you can go to the next level of suing them. However, the DMCA notice must pass specific requirements. For instance, the content should have:
- Author’s original signature
- Description of the work – You can also provide URLs or even a copy of it
- A “good faith belief” statement from the author that he or she did not permit to use his or her work
- The author’s statement indicating that you are the rightful owner or you have the copyright’s owner authorization to take action.
Where DMCA agents come in?
Content creators are busy people. Some of them may lack time to check on who is duplicating their work. Because of this, then the solution is to hire a DMCA agent who can help them in case they want to issue a DMCA notice.
Besides that, these professionals understand the laws that govern copyright infringement. They will also tell you internet users who are using their content illegally.
Are there any exceptions?
The law sets aside certain situations, which lawyers refer to it as fair use. It includes a bunch of people who use your content for criticism, reporting news, researching, and teaching. Using content for such “innocent” purposes will not be regarded as copyright infringement.