Those with website accepting public submissions or who function as an internet service provider in any manner need to comply with the 2017 year end deadline for re-designation of copyright agents to receive notice of infringement. Compliance with this step and other steps prescribed by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act are needed to reduce your exposure to claims from copyright holders of infringement resulting from someone else’s use of your site and/or infrastructure. Even if you previously did a paper filing with the Copyright Office, a new online filing is required. 

BREAKING NEWS: As this went to press, the Federal Circuit determined that the provision of the trademark statute which prohibits registration of trademarks which are deemed “scandalous” is unconstitutional. More to come ….