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New DMCA Regulations - January 1, 2018

As of January 1, 2018, the U.S. Copyright Office will implement new regulations that will impact online service providers – even those that have already registered an agent. 

Under Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) safe harbor provisions, online service providers must designate an agent with the Copyright Office to receive notifications of claimed infringements. The DMCA protects service providers from liability for copyright infringement arising from content posted by others on the provider’s websites. Even those who have previously designated an agent via the Copyright Office’s paper submission process must re-register with the electronic system by December 31, 2017.

Additionally, agent designations are no longer in perpetuity, and must be re-registered every three years.

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Monica Riva Talley, Trademark Attorney, Sterne Kessler, Law Firm

Monica Talley brings more than 17 years of experience protecting some of the world's most recognizable brands to her role as a Director in the firm’s Trademark practice.  Ms. Talley specializes in strategic trademark counseling and portfolio management, developing anti-counterfeiting solutions and strategies, and trademark enforcement. 

Ranked as one of the leading trademark prosecution and strategy attorneys in Washington, DC, Ms. Talley is particularly noted for her global brand protection and commercialization strategies, and is lauded by clients for utilizing “her broad IP savvy...