How do I provide a counter-notice to a DMCA notice?

Last updated: 2020-04-10

I have received a notice from AWS that someone has reported my content as infringing a copyright.  How do I provide a counter-notice to a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) notice?

Resolution

Copyright-protected content may be removed or disabled if it has been posted, used, or distributed using AWS resources without the copyright owner’s permission.

If you believe that your content on AWS has been removed or disabled pursuant to a DMCA takedown notice by mistake or due to misidentification of the content, you may contest the takedown by submitting a counter-notice to our DMCA Agent at ec2-abuse@amazon.com or abuse@amazonaws.com.

Your counter-notice must include all the following information:

  1. The material alleged to be infringing, including its location.
  2. A statement by you declaring under penalty of perjury that you have a good-faith belief that the material at issue was either misidentified or mistakenly removed.
  3. Your name, address, and telephone number.
  4. One of the following two statements:
    (a) If you are located within the United States: “I consent to the jurisdiction of the United States federal district court for the judicial district in which my address is located and will accept service of process from the person who provided the notice set forth above or their agent."
    (b) If you are located outside of the United States: “I consent to the jurisdiction of any United States federal district court where AWS is located and will accept service of process from the person who provided the notice set forth above or their agent.”
  5. Your physical or electronic signature.

Note: False statements in your written counter-notice may lead to civil or criminal penalties. The AWS Abuse team will not open attachments under any circumstance. You must provide any necessary information in plaintext.

What happens after you send a counter-notice?

We will review your counter-notice once we receive it. If we have questions, we will email you back asking for more information. Otherwise, if your counter-notice is complete and valid, we will forward the information you provided to the person who filed the complaint. If they do not notify us within 10-14 business days that they have filed a lawsuit against you, we will take steps to restore the content that we’ve removed or disabled.

The information above is provided for general informational purposes only and is not legal advice. If you have any questions about this information or your specific situation or rights, please seek legal advice from a professional.


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