Copyright and DMCA

The creator of original material (text, images, songs, etc.) has copyright over that material; this is the right to decide who can use that material, as well as where and when that use is authorized. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (or DMCA for short) is a US federal law that allows copyright holders to remove unauthorized uses of their copyrighted materials and protects online service providers who comply with the DMCA process from legal liability. The law is meant to provide a balanced process: copyright holders are responsible for enforcing the rights they have in their work, and online services have a legal incentive to honor all valid takedown requests.

We at CIMDB Network strongly believe in legitimate copyright protection – and millions of original pieces of copyrighted material are posted online every day. At the same time, we recognize that there’s a lot of potential for abuse, especially as a way to censor legitimate criticism or ignore fair use of copyrighted materials. We work hard to make our DMCA process as fair, transparent, and balanced as possible, so we stringently review all notices we receive to quickly process valid infringement claims and push back on those that we see as abusive.

For Our Users

You will receive an email from CIMDB Network if any content is blocked on your site as a result of a DMCA takedown notice.

– Our DMCA Process – Read all about how we handle takedown notices and what it means for your site.

– Countering DMCA notices – If you disagree with the notice and believe you have rights to publish material, you should consider filing a counter notice.

Before Filing a Complaint

If you believe a site has violated your copyrights, here is our advice for effective action.

– Fair use – Not every copy of something you created is infringement.  You are required to give consideration to whether a use of material is fair before submitting a takedown notification, as a result of the decision.

– The DMCA doesn’t apply to trademarks (such as your brand, slogan, or symbol), so if you have a complaint regarding someone’s unauthorized use of yours, please refer to trademark policies.