Last updated: April 4, 2016
This policy explains how Backblaze responds to claims of the unauthorized use of copyrighted text, images, music, videos, and any other files or links to allegedly infringing materials under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA").
Section 512 of the DMCA sets out the legal requirements to formally report copyright infringement to a service provider like Backblaze. It also explains how the person who posted the content can oppose a notice of alleged infringement by submitting a counter-notice. Do You Have Rights in a Copyrighted Work? Please think carefully before sending us a copyright notice or counter-notice, because the DMCA imposes legal and financial penalties for making fraudulent or bad-faith claims. If you aren't sure whether you're the actual copyright holder or if you're authorized to act on a rights holder's behalf, check with an attorney before submitting a copyright notice or counter-notice to us.
To send us a notice concerning copyright infringement, you'll need to provide Backblaze the following information:
You can report alleged copyright infringement by emailing the above information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also mail a copyright notice to:
Backblaze Copyright Agent
201 Baldwin Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401
Backblaze's response to notices of alleged copyright infringement may include removing or restricting access to allegedly infringing material. If we remove or restrict access to content in response to a copyright notice, we'll make a good-faith effort to get in touch with the affected account holder to provide information about the situation, including a copy of the takedown notice and instructions for filing a counter-notification.
If you get a message from us about a DMCA complaint, it means that the content identified in the notice has been removed from Backblaze or access to the content on Backblaze has been restricted.
Please read our message carefully, because it will include information about the copyright notice we received and instructions about how to file a counter-notice.
Note: If you re-post material removed in response to a DMCA notification, we may permanently suspend your account. If you believe content was removed in error, please consider filing a counter-notice instead of re-posting the material.
If you receive a DMCA notification about material you've posted and you believe that material was misidentified or removed in error, you can file a counter-notice by following the instructions below. To submit a counter-notice, please send us the following information:
To submit a counter-notice, please respond to our original email letting you know about the removal, and include the above information in the body of your reply.
When we receive a valid counter-notice, we'll promptly forward a copy to the person who sent us the copyright notice. If we aren't told within 10 business days that the original reporter is seeking a court order to prevent further infringement of the material, we may replace or cease disabling access to the material that was removed.
Where appropriate, Backblaze may warn and suspend repeat infringers. In more serious cases, we may permanently terminate user accounts.
If you'd like to learn more about the DMCA, these resources are good places to start.
United States Copyright Office: https://copyright.gov
Electronic Frontier Foundation: https://www.eff.org/issues/bloggers/legal/liability/IP