Copyright Tips

What is copyright? Copyright is a form of protection provided for original works of authorship, including literary, dramatic, musical, graphic and audiovisual creations. "Copyright" literally means the right to copy, but has come to mean that body of exclusive rights granted by law to copyright owners for protection of their work.

What is copyright infringement? Copyright infringement occurs when a copyrighted work is reproduced, distributed, performed, publicly displayed, or made into a derivative work without the permission of the copyright owner.

Posting copyright-infringing content can lead to the termination of your account, and possibly monetary damages if a copyright owner decides to take legal action (this is serious—you can get sued!). Below are some guidelines to help you determine whether your video is eligible or whether it infringes someone else's copyright.

As a general matter, we at Vituga respect the rights of artists and creators, and hope you will work with us to keep our community a creative, legal and positive experience for everyone, including artists and creators.

How To Make Sure Your Video Does Not Infringe Someone Else's Copyrights

The way to ensure that your video doesn't infringe someone else's copyright is to use your skills and imagination to create something completely original. It could be as simple as taping some of your friends goofing around, and as complicated as filming your own short movie with a script, actors, and the whole works. If it's all yours, you never have to worry about the copyright—you own it!

Be sure that all components of your video are your original creation—even the audio portion. For example, if you use an audio track of a sound recording owned by a record label without that record label's permission, your video may be infringing the copyrights of others, and may be subject to removal.

ICPS (intensive / responsive copyright protection system)

Vituga is a video sharing website, with a purpose to provide entertainment to its users. Vituga does not allow copyright infringement activities on their website. We respect the copyright content, and we don't want to see copyright content on our website. The users found involved in such activities, there accounts will be suspended from the feature to upload and future videos.

The Protection/Flagging System.

To Protect the Copyright Videos we have put a Flagging System under all the videos. where you can flag the video for the admin reviews after logging into the account. And it works in 2 ways.

 1. Responsive/Intensive.

To stop Abuse and Copyright Violation we have introduced an Intensive/Responsive video inactive System. Which means if the user is New and have a very low repute or  don't have good Upload history. then the video will be immediately inactive upon receiving the first copyright flag. And will not be available to its users unless it is reviewed by admin.( who will look into all matters and decided if it actually come under copyright protection or not).

 2. Review System

To avoid Spam/Abuse flags, there is another system which we call "Review System", which is there to protect Old users or the users who have a very good uploading History. in this method on receiving a copyright flag, video will not be immediately removed from the website, but will go to admin review First. and our Review dept will decide in 24 hours(Business) whether to take off the video or not.

How to Report.

To report a video on Vituga, you can simply login to our system by going to http://vituga.com/signup page, if you do not have an account, you can register for free.

Once you are logged in, browse to the video page, beneath video player you will see an option to report a video, click on it and a form will be displayed to choose reporting category. Choose Copyright Infringement or any other accordingly and click Report. On Successful report, a message will be displayed to confirm that your report has been submitted.

Many videos are being uploaded on Vituga daily, we will try our best to respond and take action as soon as possible. Make sure, email used for your Vituga account is valid, we may need to contact you for further information.

Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998

In accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998, Vituga will respond expeditiously to claims of copyright infringement that are reported to Vituga. If you believe your content has been copied in any way, please provide the Vituga the following information:

If you are a copyright owner or an agent thereof, and you believe that any content hosted on our web site (www.vituga.com) infringes your copyrights, then you may submit a notification pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (.DMCA.) by providing vituga´s Designated Copyright Agent with the following information in writing (please consult your legal counsel or See 17 U.S.C. Section 512(c)(3) to confirm these requirements):

  1. A physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.
  2. Identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed, or, if multiple copyrighted works on the vituga social website are covered by a single notification, a representative list of such works at that website.
  3. Identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity and that is to be removed or access to which is to be disabled, and information reasonably sufficient to permit vituga to locate the material. Providing URLs in the body of an email is the only way to locate those files. URLs have to be to a direct download ( download.php ) and not to an info/search page. URLs in every DMCA notice have to be no more then 10.
  4. Information reasonably sufficient to permit vituga to contact the complaining party, such as an address, telephone number, and, if available, an electronic mail address at which the complaining party may be contacted.
  5. A statement that the complaining party has a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.
  6. A statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that the complaining party is authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.
  7. A scanned physical document that proves you are or you are representing the copyright owner.
  8. A valid email address username@copyrightcompany will help you to prove you’re representing or you’re the legitimate copyright owner. We will not process requests from free mailboxes (Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo, AOL, MailRu etc)
  9. All received emails have to be in plain/text. Our automatic system is not capable of understanding anything else.
  10. All mails should be sent to spam at vituga ([email protected]) or else they wont be processed – the system is automated and working only on this e-mail. Example : mailing our ISPs or our support at vituga mail means we wont process your mails.
  11. We delete only .torrent files , not search pages / info pages. Only .torrent files might or might not violate someones copyright.
  12. Personal or attornies notices wont be processed. They have to come from companies or dmca/eipred agents.
  13. Respect our work and we will respect yours. Threats wont do you any good.

Please note that under Section 512(f) of the DMCA, any person who knowingly materially misrepresents that material or activity is infringing may be subject to liability.

If you are writing from europe please send us an European Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Directive request.