As of December 1, 2016, the U.S. Copyright Office requires online service providers (any website that accepts external user-generated content without modification) to register a designated agent to receive notices from copyright owners that such content infringes a copyright (“take-down notices”). This registration system is mandatory and replaces the prior system where service providers filed paper forms with the Copyright Office. An agent designation is required for the service provider to take advantage of the immunity from copyright infringement claims provided under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (the so-called “safe harbor”). The new system is searchable, requires the registration to be renewed every three years, and significantly lowers the cost for registering, amending, or renewing the registration. For a detailed explanation of the Copyright Office’s new requirements, please click here.