Renew Your Non Profit’s DMCA Agent Designation Now to Keep Safe Harbor Protection from Copyright Infringement Liability

Content is king in digital marketing, but creating content takes time and resources. Many non profits find themselves short on both. An effective way to create engaging content is to work with members, supporters and third parties to create and upload content directly to a non profit’s website. The SEO benefits prove this tactic to be worthwhile, but it may open a non profit to liability for copyright infringement if their content providers upload or posts copyrighted material to their site. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) provides a safe harbor for non profits in the case of copyright infringement by user-generated content. To be eligible for safe harbor, non profits must file an online DMCA agent designation with the Copyright Office. These designations must be updated every three years. Non profits that filed their agent designation when the first applications were accepted are now due for renewal. If you’re unfamiliar with the DMCA or unsure if your non profit properly filed the designation, find more details about the act and how to apply here.