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Below are the requirements for filing a Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) notices of infringement and counter-notices to Hip. We prefer that when you file you reach out to Hip support so that we may provide you with our reporting form as this can help us process requests more efficiently.
To report an infringement to Hip, please reach out to Hip support for an infringement form. If you are unable to submit the provided form, the following information can be provided to support:
1. The signature of the intellectual property owner whose right has been infringed upon or a person authorized to act on their behalf. Signatures may be provided electronically by typing your name.
2. Identification of the work being infringed on in full detail.
3. Identification of the material on Hip that is allegedly infringing. If the allegedly infringing material is a listing or multiple listings, then please include links to each individual listing.
4. The name of the intellectual property owner and full contact information including name, address, phone number, and email address.
5. A statement that the notifier has a good faith belief that the material being reported is not authorized by the owner of the intellectual property, its agent, or the law.
6. A statement that the information provided is accurate and that the notifier is authorized to make the complaint on behalf of the intellectual property owner, under penalty of perjury.
If the information provided on infringing material in the notice is misrepresented, the notifier may be liable for damages, including legal fees. If you are uncertain if the material is infringing, contact an attorney prior to submitting a notice to Hip. Abusive or fraudulent notices or misuse of Hip's Intellectual Property policy will result in account termination and may also include other legal consequences.
To submit an intellectual property counter-notice to Hip, please click the link that will be provided in the notification Hip will send to you and fill out the form. If you are unable to submit the form, the following information can be provided to Hip support.
If you believe in good faith that material removed by Hip for intellectual property infringement was done in error or that information provided was a mistake, you may send a counter-notice to Hip support. A counter-notice must include the following:
1. Provide your signature. This can be done electronically by signing your name.
2. Identification of the material that has been removed. If this is a Hip listing, then a URL to the listing page.
3. A statement that you have a good faith belief that the material was removed in error or due to misidentification, under penalty of perjury.
4. Your full contact details - name, address, phone number, and email.
5. A statement that you consent to the jurisdiction of the Federal Court for the area you are located in, or if you are located outside of the United States, the jurisdiction of courts in your area and that you will accept service of process from the member who originally reported the original DMCA form or an authorized agent of that member.
If you misrepresent that material or items are not infringing you may be liable for damages including legal fees. If you are unsure if material is infringing or not, please seek legal advice from an attorney before submitting a counter-notice. Abusive or fraudulent notices or misuse of Hip's Intellectual Property policy will result in account termination and may also include other legal consequences.