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I am looking to start a site that will allow users to upload videos and other content. However, I'm worried about copyright.

I was wondering if I add a report feature and a way to take the content down if you are the copyright owner will companies use this or will they go straight to my web host?

Also, is my web host likely to suspend my services if I get a lot of reports but I deal with them in a timely manner?

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I was wondering if I add a report feature and a way to take the content down if you are the copyright owner will companies use this or will they go straight to my web host?

Depends on how visible the "Report" feature is and also how large/aggressive the copyright holder is. In my personal experience, a well-placed and easily visible reporting button will get used most of the time because it's easier on all involved. Filing a true DMCA takedown is brutally effective but has some negative blowback on the filing entity as Chilling Effects will list them and that gets [insert community here] upset and potentially activated. If you agree to quietly remove the infringing content based off an email then none of that comes into play so both parties benefit (them more than you, of course).

That being said, a sufficient large copyright holder will go straight to the ISP because they will have that contact info on their speed dial and the form letters ready to go. I would urge you to read up on ways to protect yourself:

User Upload of Images & Copyright Issues

Responsibility in case of copyright infringing user-submitted content

Also, is my web host likely to suspend my services if I get a lot of reports but I deal with them in a timely manner?

Every host has a different tolerance level for this, but generally speaking, yes. If you become a problem for the ISP, they will glady cut you loose to cut their potential losses.

  • DMCA didn't protect the owner of KAT. – Simon Hayter Aug 8 '16 at 18:06
  • @SimonHayter Ergo...? – JCL1178 Aug 8 '16 at 18:12
  • Kick Arse Torrents (KAT). – Simon Hayter Aug 8 '16 at 18:16
  • Site owners are expected to police user submissions without being notified. Accepting DCMA is one of many things a website should adopt when handling user submissions. – Simon Hayter Aug 8 '16 at 18:18
  • I'm not sure if you are correcting me or corroborating me :) – JCL1178 Aug 8 '16 at 19:53

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