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#1369310 by Sassy from Madeline
Wed Apr 19, 2017 6:40 pm
Hi Guys!

Hope this is in the right spot.

I've had (and been paying for) a DMCA badge on my site since at least 2011. When I first got it, I used it sporadically. But it's such a HUUUUUGE time suck! I haven't really done anything with it since 2013.

So at this point, the ONLY reason I pay per month is to have the badge on my site.

Does anyone have any thoughts about whether or not it's even worth it these days to pay for a DMCA badge?

Thank you in advance for your time. 8)
#1369319 by Nancy from Haskins
Wed Apr 19, 2017 7:25 pm
Sassy, I wouldn't bother with it. If you put it on your site to protect yourself against being sued for inadvertent copyright infringement, I don't think that it would do much good.

1st) The "safe harbor" provision only exempts Internet intermediaries from copyright infringement liability provided they follow certain rules, And since you are not a hosting company or a search engine it may not apply.

2nd) In the US, anyone can sue you for anything. I'd put my money into getting an LLC instead if you don't already have one.

STANDARD CYA STUFF:
This is my personal opinion only. I am not a lawyer. I do not give advice on the law. Consult with an attorney to know for sure.
#1369320 by Sassy from Madeline
Wed Apr 19, 2017 7:30 pm
Nancy, thanks. I have it on my site to protect my content from being stolen. I was under the impression it keeps all the robbers and thugs at bay — or at least makes them think twice before stealing my stuff. :)
#1369322 by Forum Admin
Wed Apr 19, 2017 7:33 pm
Hi Sassy,

Seems like having the badge is more of a personal judgement call. If you aren't using it because of how time consuming it is to keep up with then you may already have your answer.

From what I have read, more people than not ever even see these badges on websites or know what it means if they do. The upside of having one as you know is you have recourse if/when someone copies material from your site. But of course that means keeping up with it.


Erin
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