[Frequently Asked Questions]

Frequently Asked Questions

As the number one DMCA service, FreeDMCA receives many questions from prospective customers in regards to our large range of highly rated services.However, we encourage ourcustomers to ask questions about the DMCA itself. After all, you have to start with the landmark federal law that set in motion protections for individuals and organizations that have created proprietary digital property.
What is the DMCA?
The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) of 1998 addressed the rapidly changing copyright landscape. Traditional copyright protection laws did not cover the explosion of digital assets created digital technologies and of course, the Internet. The DMCA acts as the legal framework that DMCA Pro uses to restore the rights of ownership for digital assets.
How to Tell If a Digital Asset is Copyrighted
Nearly all materials and digital assets used in commerce are subject to copyright protection. Copyrighted materials and digital assets often include a copyright mark or a clear warning that indicates copyright protection.
What about the First Amendment?
The right to free expression as mandated by the First Amendment does not apply to copyright infringement. Courts throughout the United States have ruled against First Amendment arguments.
Doesn’t the Fair Use Clause Protect the Uploading and Downloading of Digital Assets?
The short answer is no, as the Fair Use clause of copyright law applies to copyrighted materials and digital assets used for a wide variety of academic purposes. If you share the latest Hollywood blockbuster online with friends, even if you purchased the movie, the Fair Use clause does not apply to you.
Sharing, but Not Charging
If profit is not your motive for sharing digital assets, you still violated one or more of the DMCA provisions by distributing the digital assets, without the express consent of the copyright owner. By sharing copyrighted materials, you prevent actors, writers, and musicians from earning money on the digital assets they created.
What is a Copyright Violation Complaint Notice?
Victims of copyright infringement hire FreeDMCA to file a document called the Copyright Violation Complaint Notice to accuse the recipient of a copyright violation. The complaint contains the specific copyright violation, as well as substantiating evidence that includes the date and time of the violation. We also try to determine IP address on the computer from which the copyright violation occurred.
How Do I Find Copyrighted File on My Computer?
Most of the individuals and organizations that we send Copyright Violation Complaint Notices to want to comply with our requests immediately. However, you might have trouble finding the copyrighted file on your computer. Windows users need to click Start, click Find Files and Folders, and then add the file name in the search box. If you need help locating a copyrighted file, contact an information technology specialist for assistance.
Can I Download and Share Public Domain Digital Assets?
Public domain means a copyrighted digital asset no longer receives copyright protection. Yes, you can download and share public domain digital assets.Our team of DMCA experts answer every question that pertains to the DMCA. Contact us online and we will promptly respond with an answer to your question.