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Copyright Infringement Policy


LivesArchived respects the copyright law of the United States. LivesArchived will respond promptly and decisively to any notice of alleged copyright infringement. Such notices must comply with the requirements of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), as described below. It is also LivesArchived’s policy to terminate the use of a LivesArchived account for people who are repeat infringers.

When Can Photos, Documents, Videos and Other Files Be Made Public?

Copyright is a complicated subject, but here are some simple examples of things that that can be shared legally:

  • Original content that belongs to you: the materials were created entirely by you alone.
  • Original content that belongs to someone your represent: the materials were created entirely by that person alone and you have implied consent to those materials (i.e. close relative who has entrusted you).
  • Content which the copyright holder has given explicit permission to share (e.g. Creative Commons license).

When Is It Illegal to Make Public a Photo, Document, Video and Other Files?

You cannot share any copyrighted work unless you have the writer’s, publisher’s or other copyright owner's explicit permission to share it.

For more information, please see The US Copyright Office website and LivesArchived Terms of Use.

Report a Violation

If you believe that your work has been used on the LivesArchived site in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, please promptly notify LivesArchived by emailing with the following information:

  • A description of the copyrighted work that you claim has been infringed, or if there are multiple works, a representative list of the works. Please note that you may be liable for damages (including costs and attorneys' fees) if you materially misrepresent that a file infringes upon your copyright.
  • A description of the material that you claim is infringing and information sufficient to establish where it is located on the website. This information should include the complete URL associated with it. To delete items from LivesArchived, you must reference the URL associated with that item. This can be found in the web address box in your browser.
  • Your address, telephone number, and email address.
  • A statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; and,
  • A statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the above information in your notice is accurate and that you are the copyright owner or authorized to act on the copyright owner's behalf.
  • Your physical or electronic signature.

Omitting any of the information above may render your request invalid.