“DMCA” stands for the “Digital Millennium Copyright Act,” the sections of the copyright laws of the United States that provide protection to online service providers, such as UnitedMasters, against allegedly infringing content uploaded by a user so long as the service provider follows certain requirements and the process outlined by the DMCA.
If a copyright owner discovers that another individual has infringed on their copyright by uploading their content to an online service provider, they (the “claimant”) can submit a DMCA Notification of Infringement (sometimes known as a “DMCA Notice” “DMCA Takedown” “DMCA Claim” or “DMCA Request”) to the online service provider to notify them of the infringement and to have the content disabled. The alleged infringer can then dispute the DMCA Notice by filing a “Counter-Notification” or accept it and refrain from further distributing the allegedly infringing material. If a Counter-Notification is received by the online service provider, the original claimant has a window of time to continue their challenge by filing a lawsuit in Court, and if they do not, the online service provider can restore the content that was removed.
UnitedMasters complies with the provisions of the DMCA. When UnitedMasters receives DMCA Notices of Infringement from our music service partners (such as Apple Music and Spotify) or directly from copyright owners, the content identified is removed from distribution to music services, and UnitedMasters follows the remaining steps of the DMCA process. UnitedMasters also has a policy against repeat infringers; accounts that are intentionally or repeatedly infringing on the works of others are not allowed on our services.