Authorized to send DMCA Takedowns

There are only two parties that are authorized to send a (DMCA) Takedown Notice, the original content owner or their authorized agent.

  1. The owner of the content described in the takedown notice.
  2. An authorized agent of the owner of the content described in the takedown notice.

Furthermore, if the owner of the content chooses an agent to act on their behalf to send the takedown notice they must first legally state or swear:

  1. They own the content contained in the takedown notice.
  2. They have authorized the agent to act on their behalf.

Note: requires this sworn statement from every one of its paying Professionally Managed Clients. See example here: Takedown Notice Sign up form - in order to complete this form users must legally swear they are authorized to submit a takedown notice. has also added the same safety feature within its DIY program. There are specific statements within the DIY takedown notice regarding abuse of the service.


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There are specific statements within the DIY takedown notice regarding penalty of perjury and abuse of the service. You will be required to agree to these statements prior to generating notices. provides two services to file DMCA Takedown notices:

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Both takedown service options above allow for the creation of notices using the stipulations laid out in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. However, does provide other takedown formats according to the country (legal jurisdiction) of notice recipient(s).

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What is a False Notice?

Making and sending of false takedown notifications is illegal and no small legal matter. Sending a takedown notice is a legal process that is upheld by the courts of law. The penalties of sending a false notice is perjury within the United States. Other jurisdictions treat the sending of false notices very seriously and are comfortable pursuing false claimants with significant vigor.


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Understanding DMCA Takedown Notices and Authorized Senders

Copyright infringement has become a prevalent issue, and content creators are increasingly relying on legal mechanisms to protect their intellectual property. One such mechanism is the DMCA takedown notice, a formal request to remove infringing content.

Exploring DMCA Takedown Notices:

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) is a crucial legislation that governs copyright protection in the digital world. It provides a framework for copyright holders to address online infringement promptly. One of the key provisions under the DMCA is the ability to issue a takedown notice.

A DMCA takedown notice serves as an official request to web hosting providers, search engines, and other online platforms to remove infringing content. The notice must adhere to specific requirements outlined in the DMCA to be considered valid. These requirements include providing information such as the copyrighted work, its location, and a statement confirming the sender's authority to act on behalf of the copyright owner.

Authorized Senders of DMCA Takedown Notices

So, who has the authority to send a DMCA takedown notice? The answer lies with the copyright owner or an authorized representative acting on their behalf. Copyright owners can be individuals, businesses, or organizations that hold exclusive rights to their creative works, including music, videos, written content, software, and more.

Additionally, authorized representatives, such as legal firms or designated agents, can send DMCA takedown notices on behalf of copyright owners. These representatives act as intermediaries, assisting copyright holders in protecting their intellectual property rights.

It's important to note that authorized senders must have a legitimate claim to the copyrighted material in question. False or fraudulent claims can have legal repercussions, so the DMCA requires that senders act in good faith when issuing takedown notices.

What is Fair Use?

There is a doctrine in the United States copyright law called “Fair Use” which allows people to use your content without your permission. Fair Use is now widely accepted in most countries around the world. It allows the limited use of copyrighted material without requiring permission from the copyright owner. Items considered Fair Use would be commentary, criticism, news reporting, research, teaching or scholarship. It provides for the legal, non-licensed citation or incorporation of copyrighted material in another author’s work under a four-factor balancing test.

Four factors to measure fair use.

  1. The purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes
  2. The nature of the copyrighted work
  3. The amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole
  4. The effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work

This is important because if a smaller photo of yours is used or a few words out of an entire document is used this could fall under Fair Use depending on the site and the use. If someone were to take a paragraph of your work, or a site has copied your entire site or pictures, and they run a business profiting from your copyrighted work, then most likely its copyright infringement. It is usually very obvious when you see how your work is being used whether the content is being used under the Fair Use criteria or for profit.

You can read the US Copyright law section with specific references:

You can find more information on Fair Use here:

  1. US Copyright Office
  2. Wikipedia


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Modified: 08/09/2023
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