2020: Jul 1 – Dec 31

Copyright

Totals for this time period

  • Total notices received8,131
  • Percentage of notices where some or all content was removed 13%
  • Counter notices received9
  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 1,740 12% 84% 4% 1
August 1,649 12% 85% 3% 3
September 1,285 16% 82% 2% 3
October 733 21% 71% 8% 1
November 1,199 13% 82% 5% 0
December 1,525 9% 88% 3% 1
TOTAL 8,131 13% 83% 4% 9

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.
  • The “percentage of notices where some or all content was removed” includes those notices which were formally complete, but the site was suspended for a separate violation of the WordPress.com Terms of Service (spam or warez sites, for example). If we instead counted these as rejected notices, the “percentage of notices where some or all content was removed” would be much lower.
  • 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 may be 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, only 0.35% of the valid DMCA notices we received were later subject to a counter notice.
  • When first published, these numbers included an incorrect calculation. This was corrected at 10:42AM UTC on the 11th May 2021.

Top Complainants (Jul – Dec 2020)

Reporting Organizations Number of Notices
3antS Development & Strategies S.L. 4,259
Comeso GmbH 2,809
Attributor 540
TMG (via removal-request.com) 512
IFPI 160
DMCA Pro 142
BPI 122
Takedown Czar 102
Pearson Education, Inc. 99
Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) 82

Notes

  • The numbers above represent the total notices submitted by different organizations over the relevant period. These are grouped by the originating e-mail address, and so the total number of notices submitted per copyright holder may be greater than shown above if multiple e-mail addresses were used for the submissions – though we do our best to group complainants together. Please note that the notices received may be sent on behalf of a number of different copyright holders utilising a shared third party agent, and relate to a number of different websites.
  • We receive duplicate notices from multiple “Top Complainants” targeting previously assessed or removed content. The duplicate notices have been counted towards the total of incomplete notices. 
  • The totals reflected here for Comeso GmbH may not be represented with a high degree of accuracy. This is due to the inordinate volume of duplicate notices and followups received from them, targeting previously assessed or removed content. As above, The duplicate notices have been counted towards the total of incomplete notices, the followups have not.

Trademark

Totals for this time period

  • Number of notices received 480
  • Percentage of notices where some or all content was removed 9%
  • Number of unique complainants 296
  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 64 7 11%
August 40 2 5%
September 64 3 5%
October 100 8 8%
November 97 10 10%
December 115 12 10%
TOTAL 480 42 9%

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 trademark 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.
  • Unique complainants are grouped by the complainant’s e-mail address, and so the total number of notices submitted per unique trademark may differ.