2014: Jul 1 – Dec 31

Copyright

Totals for this time period

  • Total notices received5,031
  • Percentage of notices where some or all content was removed67%
  • Counter-notices received25
Total notices received Percentage of notices where some or all content was removed Percentage of notices rejected as incomplete Percentage of notices rejected as abusive Counter-notices received
July 701 68% 22% 10% 10
August 1017 71% 23% 6% 4
September 1099 68% 24% 8% 4
October 849 67% 25% 8% 5
November 710 61% 30% 9% 2
December 655 64% 27% 9% 0
TOTAL 5,031 67% 25% 8% 25

Notes

  • The table above indicates the number of copyright infringement notices we received during each month of the reporting period. Each notice may cover more than one site and/or piece of content. Some notices identify dozens of allegedly infringing materials. In the future, we’ll aim to provide more specific data on the number of sites affected and items removed, as those numbers are substantially greater and more accurately represent the impact of DMCA notices than the number of individual notices received.
  • We carefully review each notice to ensure it’s formally complete, and includes all information required by the DMCA, before taking action. Notices that don’t meet the requirements of the statute are included in “notices rejected as incomplete.”
  • We also may decline to remove content if a notice is abusive. “Abusive” notices are formally complete, but are directed at fair use of content, material that isn’t copyrightable, or content the complaining party misrepresents ownership of a copyright. You can see some examples of notices we’ve rejected on grounds of abuse in our Hall of Shame.
  • We forward all formally complete notices to users, regardless of whether we process them.
  • Under the DMCA, a user can formally challenge a notice of copyright infringement by submitting a counter-notice. When we receive a counter-notice, we forward a copy to the individual who submitted the original DMCA notice and restore access to the content if no further action is taken. During this reporting period, less than 0.8% of the DMCA notices we received were later subject to a counter-notice; of those cases, we’re aware of further action being taken by the original DMCA complainant only once.

Trademark

Totals for this time period

  • Number of notices received 172
  • Percentage of notices where some or all content was removed11%
Number of notices received Number of notices where some or all content was removed Percentage of requests where some or all content was removed
July 18 1 6%
August 24 4 17%
September 23 5 22%
October 30 4 13%
November 41 2 5%
December 36 3 8%
TOTAL 172 19 11%

Notes

  • Unlike the DMCA for copyright infringement, there isn’t a statutory prescribed process for notice/take-down of alleged trademark infringement, nor is there a statutory safe harbor for hosting alleged TM infringement.
  • For each report of trademark infringement we receive, we evaluate whether or not the trademark is used in an infringing manner.
  • Simply referencing a company, brand, product, or service in a WordPress.com post does not constitute infringement. Anyone is free to use a trademark if it’s necessary to identify a company, brand or product for the purposes of criticism or commentary.
  • Most of the infringement allegations we see are from trademark owners attempting to censor a user’s comments or criticisms of their brands or companies. We reject these complaints and forward them on to users so that they can make fully informed decisions regarding the content.
  • “Percentage of requests where some or all content was removed ” does not include cases where content was removed for violating our Terms of Service. For example, after viewing the site, we may remove it for reasons relating to spam regardless of the validity of the trademark claim.