Copyright notices

Copyright notices includes reports of alleged copyright infringement and counter notices received.

The report includes the total number of Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) takedown notices and counter notices received on Twitter, Vine, and Periscope, along with data about the top five copyright reporters across all three platforms.

We have seen an 11% increase in takedown notices received since our last report.

Latest report: DMCA takedown notices

Twitter

January 1 - June 30, 2015

MonthCopyright takedown noticesPercentage where material removedAccounts affectedTweets withheldMedia withheld
January2,45359%3,6378,0353,943
February2,21269%2,7154,8584,788
March2,28475%4,2667,7582,533
April2,72068%4,5199,4563,261
May2,59766%4,0749,1922,422
June2,42869%3,6698,5832,234
TOTAL14,69467%22,88047,88219,181

Vine

January 1 - June 30, 2015

MonthCopyright takedown noticesPercentage where material removedAccounts affectedMedia removed
January32255%5261,848
February48970%9532,444
March50175%8302,189
April47575%9372,404
May39074%7831,732
June22839%305809
TOTAL2,40568%4,33411,426

Periscope

April 1 - June 30, 2015

(Notices received upon launch of Periscope on March 26, 2015)

MonthCopyright takedown noticesPercentage where material removedAccounts affectedMedia removed
April1753%99
May54160%296323
June83379%559697
TOTAL1,39171%8641,029
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

  • ‘Accounts affected’ includes Twitter, Vine, and Periscope 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 and Periscope broadcasts 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, such as in cases of apparent fair use. 

Latest report: DMCA counter notices

January 1 - June 30, 2015

MonthCopyright counter notice(s)Percentage of material(s) restoredTweet(s) affectedMedia affected
January2100%20
February4100%32
March2100%161
April3100%41
May7100%43
June9100%54
TOTAL27100%3411
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.

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.

Latest report: Top copyright reporters

January 1 - June 30, 2015

Top reportersCopyright takedown noticesPercentage of total takedown noticesMaterials withheld
NetResult2,46513%7,517
Remove Your Media2,12211%17,303
Entura International8675%3,243
Athletia Sports8605%2,775
Canal+8254%1,976
TOTAL7,13939%32,814
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: NetResult, Remove Your Media, Enturia International, Athletia Sports, and Canal+.

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