Copyright Office Updates Rules Governing DMCA Designated Agent Directory to Allow Waiver Requests by Email
Issue No. 801 - February 27, 2020

Today, the U.S. Copyright Office issued a non-substantive technical amendment to its regulations governing the DMCA Designated Agent Directory, the Office’s electronic system to designate and search for agents to receive notifications of claimed infringement under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The amendment, effective immediately, permits requests by service providers seeking a waiver to list a Post Office Box address in lieu of their physical street address in the Directory to be made by email. Requests may now be emailed to [email protected]. Service providers who wish to make requests by physical mail may continue to do so. The requirements for a waiver remain unchanged. More information about the final rule is available here.

For more information about the Office’s DMCA Designated Agent Directory, please visit the system’s home page here. From this page, users can access the directory, create or login to a registration account, review regulations, watch video tutorials demonstrating how to use the system, read answers to frequently asked questions about the system, or contact the Office with any questions.