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Digital Millennium Copyright Act

FriendFeed respects the intellectual property of others, and we ask our users to do the same. It is our policy to respond to clear notices of alleged copyright infringement. This page describes the information that should be present in these notices. The form of notice specified below is consistent with the form suggested by the United States Digital Millennium Copyright Act (the text of which can be found at the U.S. Copyright Office Web Site, http://www.copyright.gov).

Regardless of whether we may be liable for such infringement under local country law or United States law, our response to these notices may include removing or disabling access to material claimed to be the subject of infringing activity and/or terminating user accounts. If we remove or disable access in response to such a notice, we will make a good-faith attempt to contact the owner or administrator of the affected site or content. We may also document notices of alleged infringement on which we act. Please note that in addition to being forwarded to the person who provided the allegedly infringing content, a copy of this legal notice may be sent to a third-party which may publish and/or annotate it. Your letter (with your personal information removed) may be forwarded to Chilling Effects for publication and a link to your published letter may be displayed on FriendFeed in place of the removed content.

To file a notice of infringement with us, you must provide a written communication (by regular mail only--not by email) that sets forth the items specified below. Please note that you will be liable for damages (including costs and attorneys' fees) if you materially misrepresent that a product or activity is infringing your copyrights. Indeed, in a recent case (please see http://www.onlinepolicy.org/action/legpolicy/opg_v_diebold/ for more information), a company that sent an infringement notification seeking removal of online materials that were protected by the fair use doctrine was ordered to pay such costs and attorneys fees. The company agreed to pay over $100,000. Accordingly, if you are not sure whether material available online infringes your copyright, we suggest that you first contact an attorney.

To expedite our ability to process your request, please use the following format (including section numbers):

  1. Identify in sufficient detail the copyrighted work that you believe has been infringed upon (for example, "The copyrighted work at issue is the text that appears on http://www.legal.com/legal_page.html") or other information sufficient to specify the copyrighted work being infringed.
  2. Identify the material that you claim is infringing the copyrighted work listed in item #1 above. You must provide the URL to each FriendFeed page that allegedly contains infringing material.
  3. Provide your address, telephone number, and email address such that FriendFeed can contact you.
  4. Provide information, if possible, sufficient to permit FriendFeed to notify the owner/administrator of the allegedly infringing webpage or other content (email address is preferred).
  5. Include the following statement: "I have a good faith belief that use of the copyrighted materials described above as allegedly infringing is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law."
  6. Include the following statement: "I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in the notification is accurate and that I am the copyright owner or am authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed."
  7. Sign the paper.
  8. Send the written communication to the following address:
    FriendFeed
    Attn: FriendFeed Designated Agent
    1601 S. California Avenue
    Palo Alto, California 94304
    650.560.6293 (fax)
    650.543.4800 (phone)
    privacy@friendfeed.com
    

FriendFeed will, in appropriate circumstances, terminate the accounts of repeat infringers. If you believe that a user is a repeat infringer, please follow the instructions above to contact FriendFeed and provide information sufficient for us to verify that the user is a repeat infringer.