Copyright notices

January 1 – June 30, 2013

DMCA takedown notices

January 1 - June 30, 2013

MonthCopyright takedown noticesPercentage where material removedUsers / accounts affectedTweets removedMedia removed
January 670 51% 2,047 1,285 762
February 683 57% 1,481 1,066 415
March 1,348 67% 7,527 6,909 625
April 961 63% 4,001 3,615 386
May 984 61% 3,933 3,269 664
June 1,107 59% 3,410 2,269 1,141
TOTAL 5,753 61% 22,399 18,413 3,993
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, Twitter-hosted media (e.g., pic.twitter.com), and Vine videos 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

January 1 - June 30, 2013

MonthCopyright counter notice(s)Percentage of material(s) restoredTweet(s) affectedMedia affected
January - - - -
February 1 100% 0 1
March 1 100% 0 1
April - - - -
May 1 100% 0 1
June 3 100% 0 3
TOTAL 6 100% 0 6
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

January 1 - June 30, 2013

Top reportersCopyright takedown noticesPercentage of total takedown noticesMaterials withheld
Remove Your Media 696 ~12% 11,706
Recording Industry Association of America 474 ~8% 2,044
Copyright Integrity 164 ~3% 1,721
TOTAL 1,334 ~23% 15,471
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 this reporting period, the entities who have submitted the most takedown requests over the past six months are: RemoveYourMedia, RIAA, and Copyright Integrity International (CII).

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