Rights Manager

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Introduction

What is Rights Manager?

Rights Manager helps you to:

Rights Manager is for publishers that publish content on Facebook, and also those that don’t publish on Facebook, but want to protect their content. To gain access to the tool, please click “Apply Now” to be redirected to an application form.

What is Copyright?

Copyright is a legal right that seeks to protect original works of authorship, such as books, music, film, video and art. Generally, copyright protects original expressions such as words or images. It does not protect facts and ideas, although it may protect the original words or images used to describe an idea. (To learn more about the scope of copyright protection, visit the World Intellectual Property Organization's website. For a list of country-specific copyright websites, please visit the WIPO directory.

If you do not have access to the Rights Manager tool yet, you can still report a claim of copyright infringement following the steps in the FAQs below.

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FAQs

How do I report a claim of copyright infringement?

Before you report a claim of copyright infringement, you may want to send a message to the person who posted the content. You may be able to resolve the issue without contacting Facebook. Alternatively, in order to submit a report to Facebook, you can:

Keep in mind that you don't need a Facebook account to submit a report.

What should I include when submitting a report to Facebook alleging infringement of my copyright?

The fastest and easiest way to submit a claim of copyright infringement to us is to use our online form. It may be required by law that you include the following information:

  • Your complete contact information (full name, mailing address and phone number). Note that we regularly provide your contact information, including your name and email address, the name of your organization or client who owns the right in question, and/or the contents of your report to the person who posted the content you are reporting. You may wish to provide a professional or business email address for contact by users.
  • A description of the copyrighted work that you claim has been infringed.
  • A description of the content on our site that you claim infringes your copyright.
  • Information reasonably sufficient to permit us to locate the material on our site. The easiest way to do this is by providing web addresses (URLs) leading directly to the allegedly infringing content.
  • A declaration that
    • You have a good faith belief that use of the copyrighted content described above, in the manner you have complained of, is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law,
    • The information in your notice is accurate, and
    • You declare, under penalty of perjury, that you are the owner or authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive copyright that is allegedly infringed.
  • Your electronic signature or physical signature.
Can I report the infringement of another party's copyright?

Only the copyright owner or their authorized representative may report a suspected infringement. If you believe something on Facebook infringes someone else’s copyright, you may want to let the rights owner know.

How does Facebook handle repeat infringement on the platform?

Intellectual property ownership is important to Facebook, and as such we take action against people that are repeatedly reported for copyright infringement. It's our policy to disable the accounts and Pages of people who repeatedly infringe others’ intellectual property rights when appropriate. Please make sure that all content you’ve posted and will post in the future doesn’t violate or infringe the rights of others.

What information is provided to a user whose content is removed due to a copyright claim?

When we receive copyright claims through our online form and remove the reported content, we provide the reported user with the following information:

  • Report number
  • Rights holder’s name
  • Email address provided by the reporting party
  • Description of the rights holder’s copyrighted work
  • Description of the removed content

In rare instances (such as when we are contacted by fax, mail or email), we pass through the report number and a description of the removed content, and additional information can be provided upon request.

For any content that was removed under the notice and counter-notice procedures of the United States Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), we will include information about how to submit a counter-notification under the DMCA.

What happens if someone files a copyright report against me?

When we receive a report from someone claiming that you've uploaded video content to Facebook that infringes their copyright, we may need to remove that content from Facebook without contacting you first.

If we remove your content because of a copyright report, you’ll receive a warning from Facebook that typically includes the contact information of the person or company who made the report and/or the contents of the report. If you believe the content should not have been removed, you can follow up with the reporting party directly to try to resolve the issue.

For any content that was removed under the notice and counter-notice procedures of the United States Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), then you will be able to file a DMCA counter-notification. If that is the case, you will also receive further instructions about this process in the warning you receive from Facebook.

How does Facebook process DMCA counter-notifications?

Facebook complies with the notice and takedown procedures defined in section 512(c) of the United States Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”), which applies to content reported and removed for infringing United States copyrights.

If your content was removed under the notice and counter-notice procedures of the DMCA, you will receive instructions about the counter-notification process, including how to file a counter-notification, in the warning we send you.

When we receive an effective DMCA counter-notification, we promptly forward it to the reporting party. If the reporting party does not notify us that they have filed an action seeking a court order to restrain you from engaging in infringing activity on Facebook related to the material in question within 10-14 business days, we will promptly restore eligible content under the DMCA.

In rare instances, we may not be able to restore content due to technical limitations. In that event, we’ll send you an update letting you know you may repost the content to the site at your discretion.

Restored content will not be counted against you if your account is ever reviewed for potentially violating our policies about repeat infringement.

What is the contact information for your DMCA designated agent?

The fastest and easiest way to send our designated agent a DMCA claim of copyright infringement is by using our online form. If you'd like to contact our designated agent through traditional (and slower) methods, you can contact them at:

Address:
Facebook, Inc.
Attn: Facebook Designated Agent
1601 Willow Road
Menlo Park, California 94025

Phone/fax:
+1.650.543.4800 (phone)
+1.650.560.6293 (fax)

Email: ip@fb.com

Please keep in mind that if you submit a report to our designated agent by any means other than through our online form, you must include a complete copyright claim.

Do I own the copyright to something that I filmed from television or a live concert or sporting event on my own camcorder or phone?

Just because you recorded a live event or publicly broadcasted show onto your own recording device, doesn’t necessarily mean that you aren’t infringing the rights of the person or company that owns the copyright to the television show or performance. Disclaiming ownership of the original material, or giving credit to the copyright owners, also doesn’t necessarily mean you’re authorized to use it. If you’re not sure if you own the right to the content you want to post, or whether the content might infringe someone else’s copyright, please seek legal guidance before posting it on Facebook.

Thank you for your interest in joining Facebook's Rights Manager. We created this tool to support you in publishing and managing your content across Facebook.

To apply to gain access to the tool, please click "Apply Now" to be redirected to an application form. We are accepting partners into Rights Manager on the basis of their needs. We will let you know via email if your application has been accepted, along with further information to get started.

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For more information about intellectual property issues generally, please visit our Help Center.

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