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Service Provider Designation of Agent to Receive Notification of Claims of Infringement

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 publicly accessible website.

Browse through the OSP directory of designated agents.

The Copyright Office published in interim regulations the procedure by which a service provider may designate an agent to receive notifications of claimed infringement. The Copyright Office does not provide printed forms for designating an agent, but makes available on this website suggested formats for filing an Interim Designation or an Amended Designation. An Amended Designation will replace in its entirety an Interim Designation or a prior Amended Designation for the same service provider. You have the options of filling in the blanks while viewing the form online and then printing out and signing the completed form, or downloading or printing the blank form and then completing it. The form must then be mailed or hand-delivered to the Copyright Office.

You may also prepare your own form, but should ensure that it includes all the information required in section 201.38(c) or (f), as appropriate, of the interim regulations. Please note that the entire Interim Designation or Amended Designation that you submit will be posted on the Copyright Office’s website. If you include extraneous information that is not required by the interim regulations, that information will also be scanned and posted on the website.

An Interim Designation or an Amended Designation must be accompanied by an $80 fee (an increase since the regulations were published), payable to the Register of Copyrights. If mailed, the designation should be addressed to: Copyright GC/I&R, P.O. Box 70400, Washington, DC 20024. A service provider may also file a designation in person by delivering it to the Public Information Office of the Copyright Office, James Madison Memorial Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Avenue, SE, Washington, DC, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. eastern time, except federal holidays.

The Copyright Office reviews each designation for obvious error (e.g., that the entity listed as the service provider does not name another legal entity as its alternative name) and to ensure that all requisite information has been provided (e.g., full legal name, complete address, signature); it does not substantively examine the designations of agents for accuracy or for compliance with the law or with Copyright Office regulations. The fact that the Office has accepted a designation of an agent and has included it in the Office’s directory of agents should not be construed as a judgment by the Office that the designation is sufficient or error-free.

Definition: For purposes of section 512(c), a “service provider” is defined as a provider of online services or network access, or the operator of facilities therefor, including an entity offering the transmission, routing, or providing of connections for digital online communications, between or among points specified by a user, of material of the user’s choosing, without modification to the content of the material as sent or received.

Mail the forms below to:

Copyright GC/I&R
P.O. Box 70400
Washington, DC 20024

To designate an agent:

To amend a previously files “Designation of Agent”:

To see the list of designated agents: