Automatic Forums, LLC DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) Policy
Here at Automatic Forums, LLC we take copyright infringement very seriously and strive to keep copyrighted material off of our web severs.
Section 512 of the Copyright Law of the United States (17 USC 512; available online at http://www.copyright.gov/) limits liability for copyright infringement by service providers if the service provider has designated an agent for notification of claimed infringement by providing contact information to the Copyright Office and through the service providers website.
Automatic Forums, LLC is a “service provider” within the meaning of Section 512 and we have designated an agent to receive notification of alleged copyright infringement. Our designated agent to receive notification of alleged copyright infringement is Robert Seger.
How to report a claim of infringement?:
If you believe that an Automatic Forums, LLC hosting client (hereinafter a Subscriber) has posted material that infringes your copyright, please contact our designated agent via the web form located at the bottom of this page. We will respond to your request ASAP and include a mailing address for you to send us the proper documentation as listed below:
You must submit a written claim to our designated agent. Section 512 (c)(3)(A) requires that in addition to being written and addressed to our agent, your claim of copyright infringement must provide the following information (the list below comes directly from the statute; if you do not understand the language please seek legal advice):
- A physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.
- Identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed, or, if multiple copyrighted works at one of our sites are covered by a single notification, a representative list of such works at 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 the service provider to locate the material.
- Information reasonably sufficient to permit the service provider to contact the complaining party, such as an address, telephone number, and, if available, an electronic e-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 authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.
Automatic Forums, LLC is not required to respond to notices that do not meet the requirements of Section 512 (c)(3)(A). When filing an infringement claim, please include any URLs identifying the allegedly infringing material along with any other information that might assist our agents investigation of your claim.
Upon receipt of a valid claim (i.e., a claim in which all required information is substantially provided) Automatic Forums, LLC will undertake to have the disputed material removed from public view, in accordance with Section 512 (g). We will also notify the Subscriber who posted the allegedly infringing material that we have removed or disabled access to that material. Automatic Forums, LLC, as a service provider, has no other role to play either in prosecuting or defending claims of infringement, and cannot be held accountable in any case for damages, regardless of whether a claim of infringement is found to be true or false. In the event that Automatic Forums, LLC must remove, or disable access to, material on your site that is alleged to infringe another’s copyright under the DMCA, you acknowledge and agree that Automatic Forums, LLC may do so by disabling access to your entire web site. Please note: If you materially misrepresent that material infringes your copyright interests, you may be liable for damages (including court costs and attorneys fees) and could be subject to criminal prosecution for perjury. Automatic Forums, LLC will actively refer complainants who use the DMCA for improper purposes to relevant law enforcement agencies.
How to make a counter notification:
If you are a 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. Section 512 (g)(3) requires that to be valid, the counter notification must be written and addressed to our agent (please use web form below to contact us for our mailing address) and must provide the following information (again, the list below comes straight from the statute; if you do not understand the language please seek independent legal 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 subscribers 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 subscribers 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. Automatic Forums, LLC is not required to respond to counter notifications that do not meet the requirements of Section 512 (g)(3).
Our designated agent will present your counter notification to the person who filed the infringement complaint. Once your counter notification has been delivered, Automatic Forums, LLC is allowed under the provisions of Section 512 to restore the removed material in not less than ten nor more than fourteen days, unless the complaining party serves notice of intent to obtain a court order restraining the restoration.
It is Automatic Forums, LLC policy to terminate Subscribers who are found to be repeat infringers. Automatic Forums, LLC accommodates and does not interfere with standard technical measures, as that term is defined in Section 512(i)(2).
Please use this webform below to request our mailing address to send all copyright inquiries: