Miraheze is obligated to investigate claims of potential copyright infringement and action them accordingly, pursuant to the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 in the United Kingdom. Miraheze will verify the veracity of a claim and, if required, will remove the infringing material. The method for reporting copyright infringement depends on whether you are the copyright holder or not, please see below for more information.
Reporting[edit | edit source]
Copyright holders[edit | edit source]
Sometimes the fastest resolution may be achieved by contacting local administrators first, if you know how to contact them and if you know they're responsive. It may be best to send them a message explaining you want the work removed as you did not give authorization to post the work, and providing examples of work ownership. It may also be helpful to point to this page. If they are unresponsive or refuse to cooperate, you may continue with the following.
If you are the copyright holder of a work you believe is being infringed on Miraheze, you must file a report with Miraheze's Department of Trust and Safety via TSPortal or, if you are unable to despite best efforts, email
tsmiraheze.org. Note that email reporting may result in delays in processing.
In your request, you must include:
- The name of the work whose copyright is being infringed;
- The URL where the infringing work is located;
- A statement that you have reason to believe that the work is not authorised for use on that wiki by the copyright holder, a representative, or the law;
- Adequate proof that you are the copyright holder or their representative (for example, citing a registration number, certificate, sending copies of the originals of the work, etc.);
- A declaration that, under penalty of perjury, you certify you are either the copyright holder or authorised to act on behalf of the copyright holder; and
- Your contact details.
Failure to provide this may lead to delays in processing or rejection of your request. Submission of a takedown request constitutes acknowledgement of the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales in this matter.
Once your request has been submitted, please allow Miraheze a reasonable amount of time to process the request. Miraheze will verify you are authorised to make the copyright claim and that the reported content truly is infringing your copyrighted works. They will contact you as soon as possible to inform you of the outcome of your request (approval/rejection). If they decline your request, they will elaborate on why they did.
Please remember, Miraheze is operated by a British entity, so claims of copyright violations should take into account British legal concepts such as fair dealing.
Under Section 96 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, the enforcement action and liability lie with the copyright holder. Miraheze holds no requirement to act on copyright requests except by requests of the copyright holder.
Non-copyright holders[edit | edit source]
If you believe a work on a wiki potentially infringes on someone else's copyright, but you are not the copyright holder, please contact Stewards or email
In your request, please include:
- The name of the work being infringed;
- The URL where the infringing work is located; and
- Your contact details.
Stewards will process your request, action it accordingly, and inform you of the outcome. If you believe Stewards are taking an unreasonable amount of time to respond to a request, please contact Trust and Safety by making a report via TSPortal.
Under the Content Policy, Stewards handle copyright complaints from non-copyright holders, so any request made to Trust and Safety will be redirected to Stewards first.
Filing a counter-notice[edit | edit source]
Where possible, Trust and Safety will inform the uploader of the work deemed to be infringing copyright that their upload has been removed pursuant to a copyright claim. The uploader in question may then issue a counter-notice if they believe the content does not actually violate any copyright statues. We will then contact the original requester and inform them of the counterclaim. Miraheze is unable to provide you with any legal help or advice, so it is recommendable that you contact a lawyer before issuing a counter-notice to enquire deeper on the subject.
See also[edit | edit source]