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Do You Know What Is DMCA And How It Can Protect You Against Infringement?

Published on: 5/05/18 1:58 PM

Many have been curious about innovation and implementing creative ideas. And you get it implemented as well. But then someone copies your work or claims to own your work, what will you do then? You’ll be angry for sure but what are your rights if such an act happens to you? You have been blessed with some legal rights and you should know them to never be a loss-making party. As a person has to seek permission prior using your work. Let’s know this act that can protect you with infringers.


The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) is a (US) United States copyright law. It was made applicable two treaties of 1996 World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

What is DMCA Notice?

Its generated on the usage of a content illegally used on behalf of the author, or generated by, illegally published, distribution, etc. A copyright infringing content is further removed or “taken down” from the website, by the owner upon receipt of DMCA Notice.

Copyright Infringement Penalty?


Person copying the work is called as Infringer. And is responsible for paying dollar for damages and profits. The former is also responsible to pay attorneys fees and court costs too. The penalty charged for copyright infringement ranges between $200 to $150,000 for every work infringed.

Damages Attracted On Usage?

By using someone else copyrighted work you get profited commercially with its use then you can attract some monetary damages. The court might prohibit you w.r.t further usage of material, without taking his consent. Give the copyright owner, a share of your profits as restitution.

How To Prevent Copyright Infringement?

The best way to play safe is seeking author’s permission before using their way of expression of ideas or facts. If you can’t get a permission, go for restating ideas in your own words. As not every unauthorized use of a copyrighted content attracts for copyright infringement.

What Is Fair Use?


fair use is copying copyrighted material for a limited purpose. Like usage for the sole purpose of commenting or criticise, or copying style of a person for adding humor effect to a copyrighted work.

Can Copyrighted Material Be Used Without Permission?

Fair use allows only a limited use of copyrighted material without permission from the copyright holder. Either for the purpose of- criticism, parody, news reporting or for research, scholarship, or teaching.

Copyrighted Things?

It protects the authorship rights to an original content. Things that can be copyrighted are namely- literary, dramatic and musical. Moreover, artistic works such as poetry, novels, movies, songs, computer software, and architecture can also be copywritten.

Plagiarized Work?

Plagiarism means the wrongful use or stealing of another author’s language, thoughts, ideas, or expressions. And further representing the same as one’s own original work amounts to Plagiarism.

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