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Copyright Management of Course Materials: Request Removal of Infringements

A Guide for Faculty

Request Removal of Infringements

To have materials removed from a web site under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), the copyright owner or agent must write to the infringing site's DMCA agent and/or Internet Service Provider (ISP). The DMCA agents for the most popular sites are provided below; agents for other sites may be found at

Scroll down for a sample DMCA Copyright Notice Claim Letter.


Sample DMCA Copyright Notice Claim

Sample DMCA Copyright Notice Claim

To: [DMCA Agent]

My name is [INSERT NAME]. A website that your company owns is infringing at least one copyright owned by me. A paper I authored was copied onto your servers without my permission. My original article, to which I own the exclusive copyrights, is entitled [Name of Paper] and can be found at:


The unauthorized and infringing copy can be found at:


This letter is official notification under Section 512(c) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA"). I request that you immediately remove the infringing material identified above from your servers. I request that you immediately notify the infringer of this notice and tell them to cease any further posting of infringing material to your server in the future.

Please be advised that the law requires you, as a service provider, to "expeditiously remove or disable access to" the infringing material upon receiving this notice. Noncompliance may result in a loss of immunity for liability under the DMCA.

I have a good faith belief that the use of the material on your web site is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law. Furthermore, the information contained in the notification is accurate, and, under penalty of perjury, I certify both that the information contained in the notification is accurate and that I have the authority to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright.


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