The Digital Millennial Copyright Act (DMCA) instituted rules to protect online service providers from liability for copyright infringement carried out by their users. While the rules were designed with search engines and Internet Service Providers in mind, the American Library Association recommends that libraries register for such protection in case of infringement by those using public wireless or PCs.
To secure these protections, libraries must register a Designated Agent with the United States Copyright Office. This person serves as the contact for any copyright holder who is concerned that their copyright has been infringed. SELCO has registered me as the Designated Agent for public libraries in the region that get Internet through SELCO. In the event of a notification, we will work with the relevant library to resolve the issue.
FOR PUBLIC LIBRARIES THAT GET INTERNET VIA SELCO
Each library for whom I am the DMCA Designated Agent must post that fact, along with my contact information, on their website where it can be found by copyright holders. To simplify matters, we have written it up as a Google Doc accessible to anyone on the internet and recommend you put a link to the document on your website. Each website is different but it is usually best to put the link in your footer or sidebar near your contact information using the link text DMCA Notifications of Claimed Infringement or DMCA Designated Agent.
FOR PUBLIC LIBRARIES THAT DO NOT GET INTERNET VIA SELCO
It is up to these libraries to decide if they wish to register a DMCA Designated Agent. The deadline for registering an agent is December 31, 2017. For further information, including instructions on the registration process:
- ALA District Dispatch – Register your DMCA Agent by December 2017
- ALA – Public access computers in libraries and liability concerns
- US Copyright Office – DMCA Designated Agent Directory