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Copyright and the DMCA

The creator of original material (text, images, songs, etc) has copyright over that material; this is the right to decide who can use that material, as well as where and when that use is authorized. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (or DMCA for short) is a US federal law that allows copyright holders to remove unauthorized uses of their copyrighted materials, and protects online service providers (like who comply with the DMCA process from legal liability. The law is meant to provide a balanced process: copyright holders are responsible for enforcing the rights they have in their work, and online services have a legal incentive to honor all valid takedown requests.

We at Automattic strongly believe in legitimate copyright protection – and millions of original pieces of copyrighted material are posted to every day. At the same time, we recognize that there’s a lot of potential for abuse, especially as a way to censor legitimate criticism or ignore fair use of copyrighted materials. We work hard to make our DMCA process as fair, transparent, and balanced as possible, so we stringently review all notices we receive to quickly process valid infringement claims and push back on those that we see as abusive.

Twice per year, we publish a transparency report that, among other things, details the number of DMCA notices we receive, process, and reject on grounds of incompleteness or abuse. Check out our transparency report to learn more about how we are working to shape the future of this law.

For Our Users

You will receive an email from if any content is blocked on your site as a result of a DMCA takedown notice.

Before filing a complaint

If you believe a site has violated your copyrights, here is our advice for effective action.

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