Under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), service providers—for example, those that allow users to post or store material on their systems—can obtain safe harbor protection from copyright infringement liability by, among other things, designating an agent to receive notifications of claimed infringement with the U.S. Copyright Office.
Last year, the Office introduced an updated online registration system. As part of the new system, the Office is requiring any service provider that designated an agent in the old paper-based system to submit a new designation using the online registration system by December 31, 2017. In other words, any designation made in the old paper-based registration system will expire on December 31, 2017.
To maintain your safe harbor protection from copyright infringement liability for user content posted or stored on your systems, re-register your designed agent on or before the deadline.