DMCA Reporting

At TECHEAD we respect others’ intellectual property rights and we have made every effort to secure appropriate clearances for all proprietary intellectual properties that we have made available on our website Techead.com.

TECHEAD will respond to any and all allegations of copyright violations in accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The DMCA provides a process for a copyright owner to give notification to an online service provider concerning alleged copyright infringement. When a valid DMCA notification is received, the service provider responds under this process by taking down the offending content. Upon taking down content under the DMCA, TECHEAD will take reasonable steps to contact the owner of the removed content so that a counter-notification may be filed. On receiving a valid counter-notification, we generally restore the content in question, unless we receive notice from the notification provider that a legal action has been filed seeking a court order to restrain the alleged infringer from engaging in the infringing activity.

You may use the notification process below to alert us to claims of infringement other than copyright but such notifications are not covered by the DMCA and will be governed by our Terms of Use.

Please note that these notifications and counter-notifications are real-world legal notices provided outside of the TECHEAD environment. TECHEAD may provide copies of such notices to the participants in the dispute or third parties, at our discretion and as required by law – the privacy policy for TECHEAD does not protect information provided in these notices.

To File a Notification on Infringing Content

A written notification must be made. This can be done either fax (804.782.2033) or written letter (regular mail or courier). Emails will not be accepted unless a prior arrangement has been made.

Send the written document to:

TECHEAD

111 North 17th Street

Richmond, VA 23219

Please include the following in your notice:

  • 1. Identify in sufficient detail the copyrighted work(s) that you believe has been infringed upon and a statement of ownership of such work(s).
  • 2. Identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity and that is to be removed or access to which is to be disabled, and information reasonably sufficient to permit us to locate the material.
  • 3. Information reasonably sufficient to permit us to contact you, such as an address, telephone number and e-mail address at which you may be contacted.
  • 4. A statement that you have a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent or the law.
  • 5. Include the following statement: “I have good faith belief that the use of the copyrighted materials described above and contained on the service is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent or by protection of law.”
  • 6. A statement, under penalty of perjury, that the information in the notification is accurate and that you are authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.
  • 7. Your physical or electronic signature (i.e., “/s/ [print name]”);
  • 8. (Optional) Provide information, if possible, sufficient to permit us to notify the user(s) who posted the content that allegedly contains infringing material. You may also provide screenshots or other materials that are helpful to identify the works in question. (This is for identification only, not to “prove” substantive claims.)

Please note: The DMCA provides that you may be liable for damages (including costs and attorney’s fees) if you falsely claim that materials infringe your copyrights. We recommend contacting an attorney if you are unsure whether your content is protected by copyright laws.

To File a Counter-notification

If your content has been taken down as a result of a notification by a purported copyright owner that such party’s copyright rights are infringed by your content, you may respond by sending us a DMCA counter-notification as follows:

  • 1. List the work(s) that was removed by the TECHEAD administrators, and the location at which the material appeared before it was removed. Please identify the object in sufficient detail.
  • 2. Provide your name, address, telephone number, email address (if available).
  • 3. State that you consent to the jurisdiction of U.S. Federal District Court for the judicial district in which you reside (or Richmond, Virginia if your address is outside of the United States).
  • 4. State that you will accept service of process from the person who provided notification to us of the alleged infringement or an agent of such person.
  • 5. State the following: “I swear, under penalty of perjury, that I have a good faith belief that the material identified above was removed or disabled as a result of a mistake or misidentification of the material to be removed or disabled.”
  • 6. Your physical or electronic signature (i.e., “/s/ [print name]”).

Send the written document to:

TECHEAD

111 North 17th Street

Richmond, VA 23219

Copyright and Content Usage FAQ

How do I get permission to use somebody else’s work?

You can ask for it. If you know who the copyright owner is, you may contact the owner directly. If you are not certain about the ownership or have other related questions, you may wish to request that the Copyright Office conduct a search of its records or you may search yourself. See the next question for more details.

How can I find out who owns a copyright?

There is no fee if you conduct a search in person at the Copyright Office. Copyright registrations made and documents recorded from 1978 to date are available for searching online. For further information, see Circular 22, How to Investigate the Copyright Status of a Work, and Circular 23, Copyright Card Catalog and the Online File.

Useful Links

A summary of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act can be found at:

http://www.copyright.gov/legislation/dmca.pdf

The text of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act can be found here:

http://www.copyright.gov/legislation/hr2281.pdf

The U.S. federal copyright code is here:

http://www.copyright.gov/title17/92chap5.html

More government-provided information on copyrights can be found here:

http://www.copyright.gov

Many universities maintain useful public information regarding copyrights, including:

http://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/index.php/Copyright

http://fairuse.stanford.edu/

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