What is a DMCA Counter Notice

A DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) counter-notice is a legal document used to challenge a DMCA takedown notice that has been issued against a particular piece of content. If you believe that your content has been incorrectly targeted by a DMCA takedown notice, you can file a counter notice with the platform hosting the content.

To file a DMCA counter notice, you will need to provide the following information:

  1. Your name, address, and phone number.
  2. The location of the content that was removed (e.g. a URL).
  3. A statement under penalty of perjury that you have a good faith belief that the content was removed as a result of mistake or misidentification.
  4. A statement that you consent to the jurisdiction of the Federal District Court for the judicial district in which your address is located (or if you are outside of the United States, in any judicial district in which the service provider may be found), and that you will accept service of process from the person who provided the DMCA takedown notice or an agent of such person.
  5. Your physical or electronic signature.

Once you submit the DMCA counter notice, the platform hosting the content will send a copy to the person who filed the DMCA takedown notice. If they do not take further legal action within 10-14 business days, the content can be restored.

It’s important to note that filing a false DMCA counter notice can result in legal consequences, so it’s important to only file one if you have a legitimate claim to the content.