As we have advised, those hosting or maintaining interactive websites need to include on such sites a designation of an agent to receive third party notices of copyright infringement (and other objectionable material, such as that which is obscene or defamatory). Doing so, along with avoiding involvement in editorial content decisions and related financial consequences, and several other procedural steps, will reduce your exposure to claims for infringement. The US Copyright Office has recently promulgated various new procedures for designation and renewal of agent status, which represent a major change in practice and necessitate consideration by those operating websites. These procedures necessitate re-designation of existing agents and refiling every three years. If you have a website which allows visitor posts, you should speak with us to ensure that you comply with the new rules and reduce your exposure to third party claims. Please speak with your FisherBroyles lead to ensure prompt referral to an IP partner.