Gunster's technology & emerging companies law practice

Providers of online services or network access, including all website providers and providers of internet access and online forums, among others, that desire to take advantage of the safe harbor protections of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act must comply with its new electronic filing requirements as of Dec. 1, 2016.

The DMCA provides certain protections from copyright infringement liability for certain online service providers based on a framework of specified safe harbor provisions and procedural requirements.

To take advantage of the DMCA safe harbor for copyright infringement liability, these providers must designate an agent to receive notices of copyright infringement and notify the U.S. Copyright Office of this designation, among other things.

As of Dec. 1, 2016, the Copyright Office will no longer accept paper-filed agent designations in connection with the DMCA, and parties that previously designated an agent with the office via a paper filing have until Dec. 31, 2017, to submit new registrations through the electronic system or lose their safe harbor protection under the DMCA.

Please be sure to electronically submit your new registration by Dec. 31, 2017, and to contact any member of Gunster’s technology law team should you wish to discuss these requirements, the DMCA generally, or any other related issues.

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This publication is for general information only. It is not legal advice, and legal counsel should be contacted before any action is taken that might be influenced by this publication.

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Gunster, Florida’s law firm for business, provides full-service legal counsel to leading organizations and individuals from its 13 offices statewide. Established in 1925, the firm has expanded, diversified and evolved, but always with a singular focus: Florida and its clients’ stake in it. A magnet for business-savvy attorneys who embrace collaboration for the greatest advantage of clients, Gunster’s growth has not been at the expense of personalized service but because of it. The firm serves clients from its offices in Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Miami, Naples, Orlando, Palm Beach, Stuart, Tallahassee, Tampa Bayshore, Tampa Downtown, Vero Beach, and its headquarters in West Palm Beach. With more than 260 attorneys and consultants, and over 270 committed professional staff, Gunster is ranked among the National Law Journal’s list of the 500 largest law firms and has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Diverse Law Firms by Law360. More information about its practice areas, offices and insider’s view newsletters is available at


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