If someone on Blurty is infringing upon your copyright, you may make a report through the Abuse team, which is the designated recipient of copyright complaints under the provisions set forth in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), 17 U.S.C. 512(c). Complaints should follow the normal Abuse team contact procedures, which can be found at the end of this document.
Reports of infringement must include, by United States law, the following:
* An electronic signature (your full legal name) of a person authorized to act on behalf of the copyright holder;
* Identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed, in the form of the original URL of the image or work being infringed upon;
* Identification of the material that is infringing upon your copyright, with reasonable information for Blurty to locate the image (you must include the username of the person who is infringing upon your copyright, and links to the allegedly infringing material)
* Information reasonably sufficient for Blurty to contact you (a valid email address);
* A statement that you in good faith believe that the material is not authorized for use in such a manner;
* And finally, a statement, made under penalty of perjury, that the information given is accurate and you are authorized to act on behalf of the copyright holder.
Failure to include any of the above information, or failure to provide enough information for Blurty volunteers to identify the violation, will seriously delay if not prevent your request being handled.
If you cannot make the above claims, your complaint is most likely not valid, and the Abuse team will not handle it. In particular, you do not hold the copyright to icons or photographs of celebrities or any icon made out of other copyrighted artwork, unless you are the copyright holder of the source image. Even if you have altered the image, the copyright still belongs to the original copyright holder, and you cannot file a notification.
Once you have filed this notification with Blurty, the person who is allegedly infringing upon your copyright has an opportunity to file a counter-notification disputing your right to claim copyright on the material.
To learn how to contact the Abuse team to file a report of infringement, see http://www.blurty.com/support/faqbrowse.bml?faqid=79 .
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