Copyright Handling

EbookBike works hard to protect your copyrights and ensure your content does not stay on our servers. To better help the process along we want to clearify your rights as a copyright holder as well as our rights and protections as a service provider under American DMCA laws. Please note: We are not an American company nor do we recognize these as binding laws but rather we accept them as a reasonable framework that we voluntarily abide by to ensure everyone is treated fairly.

Know Your Rights

For starters, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) came into effect on October 28, 1998. This was a law that was designed to protect authors, artists, and other copyright holders 'rights' on the internet. The DMCA's principal innovation in the field of copyright is the exemption from direct and indirect liability of internet service providers and other intermediaries. This exemption was adopted by the European Union in the Electronic Commerce Directive 2000. The Copyright Directive 2001 implemented the 1996 WIPO Copyright Treaty in the EU.

There is a lot of information available on the DMCA so we suggest reading more on it, but here is a basic list for you from the DMCA (the full law regarding infringement can be read here

In order to have an allegedly infringing web site removed from a service provider's network, or to have access to an allegedly infringing website disabled, the copyright owner must provide notice to the service provider with the following information:
  • The name, address, and electronic signature of the complaining party [512(c)(3)(A)(i)]
  • The infringing materials and their Internet location [512(c)(3)(A)(ii-iii)], or if the service provider is an "information location tool" such as a search engine, the reference or link to the infringing materials [512(d)(3)].
  • Sufficient information to identify the copyrighted works [512(c)(3)(A)(iv)].
  • A statement by the owner that it has a good faith belief that there is no legal basis for the use of the materials complained of [512(c)(3)(A)(v)].
  • A statement of the accuracy of the notice and, under penalty of perjury, that the complaining party is authorized to act on the behalf of the owner [512(c)(3)(A)(vi)].
Once notice is given to the service provider, or in circumstances where the service provider discovers the infringing material itself, it is required to expeditiously remove, or disable access to, the material. The safe harbor provisions do not require the service provider to notify the individual responsible for the allegedly infringing material before it has been removed, but they do require notification after the material is removed.

Know Our Rights

In a nutshell EbookBike is a service provider, as defined by the DMCA, Canadian law, and European law. This means that we have the right to limited liability as long as we uphold your rights above.

A service provider is defined as "an entity offering transmission, routing, or providing connections for digital online communications, between or among points specified by a user, of material of the user's choosing, without modification to the content of the material as sent or received" or "a provider of online services or network access, or the operator of facilities thereof." [512(k)(1)(A-B)] This broad definition includes network services companies such as Internet service providers (ISPs), search engines, bulletin board system operators, and even auction web sites.

We also have the following rights

As long as all parties follow the rules set out by the DMCA then enforcement of copyright is easy. Not following the rules or attempting to make up new copyright rules makes it difficult for us to comply and will result in a lack of action from EbookBike