How do I submit a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) notice to AWS?

Last updated: 2020-04-10

Material that I own the copyright for is being distributed using AWS resources without my permission. How do I submit a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) notice to AWS?

Resolution

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) is the United States law governing claims that copyright-protected material is being distributed online.

If you believe that AWS resources are being used to host or distribute copyrighted material that you own the copyright for without your permission, first consider whether there is an exception to copyright that applies in this case (such as fair use). If after considering this you would still like to make a copyright complaint, you may wish to reach out directly to the site operator using the contact details provided on the site. Alternatively, to submit a DMCA notice to AWS, please follow the steps outlined below. Please remember that only the copyright owner or their authorized representative may file a report of copyright infringement.

Steps to submit a DMCA notice to AWS

  1. Gather the documentation described at Notice and Procedure for Making Claims of Copyright Infringement.
  2. Send the information to ec2-abuse@amazon.com or abuse@amazonaws.com.

Note: The AWS Abuse team will not open attachments under any circumstance. You must provide any necessary information in plaintext.

If you provide your notice in the body of an email and send it to ec2-abuse@amazon.com or abuse@amazonaws.com, you don't need to provide a physical signature.

What happens next?

Once we receive your DMCA notice, you will receive an automated email acknowledging receipt of your notice. If we have questions about your notice, we will email you back asking for more information and we request that you respond to our email so that we can continue looking into your report.

If your DMCA notice is complete and valid and the reported content is on AWS, we will take action expeditiously including contacting our customer to remove or disable access to the infringing content. Whenever we remove content in response to a DMCA notice, we provide a copy of the original complaint as well as your contact information to our customer. If our customer does not believe that the content is infringing and/or the content should not be removed, they may reach out to you directly to resolve the issue or they may submit a counter-notice to us under the DMCA.

Repeat infringer policy

AWS terminates the accounts of repeat infringers in appropriate circumstances.

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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