Copyright Notices

July 1 – December 31, 2012

DMCA takedown notices

July 1 - December 31, 2012

MonthCopyright takedown noticesPercentage where material removedUsers / accounts affectedTweets withheldMedia withheld
July 463 35% 673 547 126
August 475 49% 1,140 992 148
September 437 50% 939 774 165
October 706 67% 1,424 895 529
November 661 59% 1,899 1,423 476
December 526 52% 1,130 926 204
TOTAL 3,268 53% 7,205 5,557 1,648
NOTE: The data in these reports is as accurate as possible, but may not be 100% comprehensive.

About the numbers

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) outlines the statutory requirements necessary for formally reporting copyright infringement (i.e., DMCA takedown notices). This data includes reports of alleged copyright infringement submitted through our web form or otherwise sent to us (e.g., fax). For more information, please see our Copyright and DMCA Policy.

Footnotes

  • ‘Users / accounts affected’ includes all accounts where content has been removed in response to a valid DMCA takedown notice.
    • Each user was notified of the takedown request and subsequent action, and provided with instructions on how to file a counter notice if they believed the content was removed in error.
  • ‘Tweets withheld’ includes all Tweets identified and subsequently removed in response to valid DMCA takedown notices.
  • ‘Media withheld’ Includes profile photos, header photos, background images, and Twitter-hosted media (e.g., pic.twitter.com) identified and subsequently removed in response to valid DMCA takedown notices.
  • We may not comply with every request for a variety of reasons. For example:
    • We do not comply with takedown notices that fail to provide sufficient information for us to locate material on Twitter.
    • We receive a large number of misfiled, non-copyright complaints through our web form.
    • We carefully review each report received, and follow up with the reporter as appropriate.

DMCA counter notices

July 1 - December 31, 2012

MonthCopyright counter notice(s)Percentage of material(s) restoredTweet(s) affectedMedia affected
July - - - -
August 2 100% 1 1
September 1 100% 0 1
October - - - -
November 1 100% 1 0
December 1 100% 29 0
TOTAL 5 100% 31 2
NOTE: The data in these reports is as accurate as possible, but may not be 100% comprehensive.

About the numbers

The DMCA also provides statutory instructions on how an affected party can formally appeal a removal by submitting a valid counter notice. In this second report, we’ve added counter notices received from authorized reporters.

Footnotes

  • ‘Tweet(s) affected’ and ‘Media affected’ each include content that was (1) originally reported and withheld in response to a valid takedown notice and (2) subsequently identified in a valid counter notice and restored.
  • ‘Percentage of material(s) restored’ reflects the percentage of content identified in a valid counter notice that the original reporter did not file suit to prevent from being replaced.


Top copyright reporters

July 1 - December 31, 2012

Top reportersCopyright takedown noticesPercentage of total takedown noticesMaterials withheld
Websheriff 199 ~6% 3,458
Copyright Integrity 122 ~4% 893
Recording Industry Association of America 120 ~4% 158
TOTAL 441 ~14% 4,509
NOTE: The data in these reports is as accurate as possible, but may not be 100% comprehensive.

About the numbers

We receive copyright takedown notices from copyright owners or their authorized representatives. For the first time, we are able to highlight the entities who have submitted the most takedown requests over the past six months: Websheriff, Copyright Integrity, and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). 

You can see these takedown notices, along with all the other actionable copyright notices we process, at Chilling Effects.