Copyright Claims Pursuant to the DMCA
The Digital Millennium Copyright Act, signed into law on October 28, 1998, amended the United States Copyright Act, Title 17 of the U.S. Code, to provide in part certain limitations on the liability of online service providers (OSPs) for copyright infringement. Subsection 512(c)of the Copyright Act provides limitations on service provider liability for storage, at the direction of a user, of copyrighted material residing on a system or network controlled or operated by or for the service provider, if, among other things, the service provider has designated an agent to receive notifications of claimed infringement by providing contact information to the Copyright Office and by posting such information on the service provider's website in a location accessible to the public. (https://www.copyright.gov/onlinesp/)
In general.—A service provider shall not be liable for monetary relief, or, except as provided in subsection (j), for injunctive or other equitable relief, for infringement of copyright by reason of the storage at the direction of a user of material that resides on a system or network controlled or operated by or for the service provider, if the service provider—
(A)(i) does not have actual knowledge that the material or an activity using the material on the system or network is infringing;
(ii) in the absence of such actual knowledge, is not aware of facts or circumstances from which infringing activity is apparent; or
(iii) upon obtaining such knowledge or awareness, acts expeditiously to remove, or disable access to, the material;
(B) does not receive a financial benefit directly attributable to the infringing activity, in a case in which the service provider has the right and ability to control such activity; and
(C) upon notification of claimed infringement as described in paragraph (3), responds expeditiously to remove, or disable access to, the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity.
Pursuant to Title II of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), all claims of copyright infringement for material that is believed to be residing on Connare Tech's network or servers should be promptly sent in the form of written notice to the Designated Agent for DMCA Notices listed below:
Security and Compliance Department
Connare Tech, Inc.
640 Ellicott St
Buffalo, NY 14203
How to Report A Claim of Infringement:
If you believe a Connare Tech client and/or end user has posted material that infringes your copyright, a notification of a claimed copyright infringement must be provided via email or regular mail to Connare Tech and must include the following information (the list below comes substantially straight from the statute 17 U.S.C. Section 512(c)(3); if you do not understand the language please seek independent advice):
- A physical or electronic signature of the copyright owner, or a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner, of an exclusive copyright that has allegedly been infringed.
- Identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed, or, if multiple copyrighted works at a single online site are covered by a single notification, a representative list of such works on that site.
- Identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity and that is to be removed or access to which is to be disabled, and information reasonably sufficient to permit Connare Tech to locate the material.
- Information reasonably sufficient to permit Connare Tech to contact the Complaining Party, such as an address, telephone number, and, if available, an electronic mail address at which the Complaining Party may be contacted.
- A statement that the Complaining Party has a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.
- A statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that the Complaining Party is the owner, or is authorized to act on behalf of the owner, of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.
If Connare Tech receives a credible claim of copyright infringement, or otherwise becomes aware of facts and circumstances from which infringement is apparent, it will respond expeditiously by removing, or disabling access to, the material that is potentially infringing. If we remove or disable access in response to such a notice, we will make a good-faith attempt to contact the owner or administrator of the affected site or content so that the owner or administrator may make a counter notification.
Failure to submit copyright infringement notification as described above will result in no legal notice or action on behalf of Connare Tech. You must provide a written communication that sets forth the items specified above. Please note that you will be liable for damages (including costs and attorneys' fees) if you materially misrepresent that a product or activity is infringing your copyrights. Accordingly, if you are not sure whether material available online infringes your copyright, we suggest that you first contact an attorney.
How to Make a Counter Notification:
If you are a Connare Tech client and/or end user, i.e., subscriber, and you feel that material you have placed online that has been removed following an infringement complaint is in fact not an infringement, you may file a counter notification. 17 U.S.C. Section 512 (g)(3) requires that to be valid, the counter notification must be written and addressed to our agent (listed above) and must provide the following information (the list below comes straight from the statute; if you do not understand the language please seek independent advice):
- A physical or electronic signature of the subscriber.
- Identification of the material that has been removed or to which access has been disabled and the location at which the material appeared before it was removed or access to it was disabled.
- A statement under penalty of perjury that the subscriber has a good faith belief that the material was removed or disabled as a result of mistake or misidentification of the material to be removed or disabled.
- The subscriber's name, address, and telephone number, and a statement that the subscriber consents to the jurisdiction of Federal District Court for the judicial district in which the address is located, or if the subscriber's address is outside of the United States, for any judicial district in which the service provider may be found, and that the subscriber will accept service of process from the person who provided notification under subsection (c)(1)(C) or an agent of such person.
Connare Tech is not required to respond to counter notifications that do not meet the requirements above.
Our designated agent will present your counter notification to the Complaining Party. Once your counter notification has been delivered, Connare Tech is allowed under the provisions of 17 U.S.C. Section 512 to restore the removed material in no less than 10, nor more than 14, business days, unless the Complaining Party notifies us that it has filed an action seeking a court order to restrain you, the subscriber, from engaging in infringing activity related to the material on Connare Tech's system or network.
Any person who knowingly materially misrepresents under this section:
- that material or activity is infringing, or
- that material or activity was removed or disabled by mistake or misidentification
The owner and/or person who submits any copyright claim shall be liable for any damages, including costs and attorney's fees, incurred by the alleged infringer, by any copyright owner or copyright owner's authorized licensee, or by Connare Tech, who is injured by such misrepresentation, as the result of any 3rd party vendor relaying upon such misrepresentations in removing or ceasing to disable access to it.