If you own and operate a website, be aware that DMCA Safe Harbor laws have changed, and you must now DIGITALLY register a copyright agent with the copyright office prior December 31,2017 and add a few things to your website(s) to receive the benefit of protection. This process requires renewal every 3 years.
The video linked here and inline below will explain details in full.
What's this about? Why does it matter to individual licensees and their websites?
Real estate websites and IDX displays are common components of our online marketing strategy in real estate. IDX feeds and other syndicated (or framed) content (third parties) may include photographs or other materials that infringe on someone else's copyright. To protect yourself from unwitting copyright infringement, the DMCA offers to shield us from liability from these situations, providing we proactively comply with the DMCA's requirements.
-- There is a small cost (I paid $6) for each registered "Service Provider".
-- You may pay online via ACH, debit or credit card.
-- Related companies that are separate legal entities, such as a parent and subsidiary, are considered separate service providers that must be registered separately.
-- You will be able to add multiple alternate names under which the service provider is doing business, website names and addresses, software application names, and other commonly used names.
-- If you complete registration on a service provider and then return to edit the information (i. e., add alternate names), you will have to pay again to complete the updated registration.
-- Note: Registration is your agreement to comply with the DMCA's Takedown Procedure.
Post a policy regarding repeat infringers to registered website(s). You must also name your registered Copyright Agent. (See NAR's example, which we are invited to model by).
What happens if re-registration isn't completed prior to December 31, 2017?
All previously designated Copyright Agents must be re-registered using the new digitized process by December 31, 2017. Anyone who fails to re-register their Copyright Agent by that date may no longer rely on the DMCA's liability protections under the prior paper registration process, as the old registration will expire and become invalid after the transition date deadline. New registrants are not subject to this deadline.