Medium’s Copyright and DMCA Policy

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Mar 18, 2014 · 4 min read

Report copyright violation using this form.

This policy explains how Medium responds to allegations of the unauthorized use of copyrighted images, text, or links to allegedly infringing materials under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”).

The DMCA

Do You Have Rights in a Copyrighted Work?

How To File a DMCA Notice

1. A physical or electronic signature (typing your full name will suffice) of the copyright owner or a person authorized to act on their behalf;

2. Identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed (e.g., a copy of or link to your original work or clear description of the materials allegedly being infringed upon);

3. Identification of the infringing material and information reasonably sufficient to permit Medium to locate the material on our website or services (e.g., a link to the infringing post);

4. Your contact information, including your address, telephone number, and an email address;

5. A statement that you have a good-faith belief that the use of the material in the manner asserted is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; and

6. A statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and, under penalty of perjury, that you are authorized to act on behalf of the copyright owner.

You can report alleged copyright infringement by emailing the above information to copyright@medium.com.

You can also mail a copyright notice to:

Designated Copyright Agent
A Medium Corporation
P.O. Box 602
San Francisco, CA 94104–0602

Under 17 U.S.C. § 512(f), you may be liable for any damages, including costs and attorneys’ fees incurred by us or our users, if you knowingly materially misrepresent that material or activity is infringing. If you aren’t sure whether the material you are reporting is in fact infringing your rights, you should consult an attorney before sending us a copyright notification.

How Medium Processes the Claim

Medium’s response to notices of alleged copyright infringement may include the removal or restriction of access to allegedly infringing material.

If we remove or restrict access to user content in response to a notice of alleged infringement, Medium will make a good-faith effort to contact the affected account holder and provide information concerning the removal or restriction of access, including a copy of the takedown notice, along with instructions for filing a counter-notification.

We will also forward a copy of the complaint to the Lumen database.

Where appropriate, Medium may suspend and warn repeat violators, and in more serious cases, permanently terminate user accounts.

When You Receive a DMCA Notification

Filing a Counter-Notice

Re-posting material removed in response to a DMCA notification may result in permanent account suspension. If you believe the content was removed in error, please file a counter-notice instead of re-posting the material.

To submit a counter-notice, please provide us with the following information:

1. A physical or electronic signature (typing your full name will suffice);

2. 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 (the description from the DMCA notice will suffice);

3. A statement under penalty of perjury that you have 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; and

4. Your name, address, and telephone number, and a statement that you consent to the jurisdiction of the federal district court for the judicial district in which your address is located, or if your address is outside of the United States, for any judicial district in which Medium may be found, and that you will accept service of process from the person who provided the copyright notification or an agent of such person.

To submit a counter-notice, please respond to our original email notification of the removal and include the above information in the body of your reply.

After You Submit a Counter-Notice

Think Long and Hard Before Filing a DMCA Notification or Counter-Notice

Learn More

United States Copyright Office

Lumen

Electronic Frontier Foundation

Medium Policy

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