• How Does Udemy Protect my Content?

    We understand how valuable your content is and are committed to helping you protect it.

    Udemy employs anti-piracy technology, including encoding videos using a proprietary player and attaching a Udemy watermark to all videos. This is why, when you load a video to Udemy, there is both uploading AND "processing" time, because we are encoding your videos to make them difficult to steal.

    For a motivated Pirate, however, any content that appears on a computer screen is vulnerable to theft.  This is unavoidable and a problem across the industry.  Giants like Netflix, Youtube, Amazon, etc. all have the same issue, and as an industry, we continue to work on new technology solutions to limit Piracy.

    Because pirating techniques currently outpace protection, we hired a company who is specifically dedicated to enforcing the DMCA laws on your behalf and target violating individuals, hosting sites, and DNS servers in an attempt to get any unauthorized content removed. This company, Link-Busters, employs a team of professionals trained in DMCA law to go after piracy issues you bring to us.  For more info on Link-Busters, feel free to take a look at their site: https://link-busters.com/

    Unfortunately, because of the nature of piracy, many of these sites operate outside the law and are very difficult to get shut down, despite the best efforts of our team.  Not every country has copyright laws and some pirate sites ignore lawful notices they are sent. However, when we do send Link-Busters after pirated Udemy courses, we are successful many times.   

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  • Can I Use Content That May Have a Copyright?

    If you think that the material that you are using might be infringing upon somebody else's idea or content, we would suggest not including it in your course. The easiest way to check whether it is ok for you to use somebody else's content in your course is to contact them directly and ask for their permission. 

    Ultimately, Udemy cannot advise on any copyright issue and takes no responsibility for the material that you place on our platform. Remember that you retain the rights to all of the content that you place on Udemy and that we are simply the platform through which you deliver that material. 
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  • How do I Report a Udemy Course Infringing my Copyright?

    UDEMY COPYRIGHT POLICY


    Reporting Claims of Copyright Infringement:
    Udemy takes claims of copyright infringement seriously. We will respond to notices of alleged copyright infringement that comply with applicable law. If you believe any materials accessible on or from www.udemy.com (the "Website") infringe your copyright, you may request removal of those materials (or access to them) from the Website by submitting written notification via this form. (Please note that this form is English only.)

    In accordance with the Online Copyright Infringement Liability Limitation Act of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (17 U.S.C. § 512) ("DMCA"), the written notice (the "DMCA Notice") must include substantially the following:

    • A physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.
    • Identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed, or, if multiple copyrighted works at a single online site are covered by a single notification, a representative list of such works at that site.
    • 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 Udemy to locate the material (i.e., the URL of the webpage containing the material).
    • Information reasonably sufficient to permit Udemy to contact you, such as an address, telephone number, and, if available, an electronic mail address at which you may be contacted.
    • A statement that you have 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.
    • A statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that you are authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.

    If you fail to comply with all of the requirements of Section 512(c)(3) of the DMCA, your DMCA Notice may not be effective.

    Please be aware that if you knowingly materially misrepresent that material or activity on the Website is infringing your copyright, you may be held liable for damages (including costs and attorneys' fees) under Section 512(f) of the DMCA.

    Counter-Notification Procedures:

    If you believe that material you posted on the Website was removed or access to it was disabled by mistake or misidentification, you may file a counter-notification with us (a "Counter-Notice") by submitting written notification to copyright@udemy.com. Pursuant to the DMCA, the Counter-Notice must include substantially the following:

    • Your name, address, and telephone number.
    • Identification of the material that has been removed or to which access has been disabled and the location (URL) at which the material appeared before it was removed or access to it was disabled.
    • A statement under penalty of perjury that you have a good faith belief that the material was removed or disabled as a result of mistake or misidentification of the material to be removed or disabled.
    • A statement that you consent to the jurisdiction of the Federal District Court for the judicial district in which your address is located, or if your address is outside of the United States, for any judicial district in which Udemy may be found, and that you will accept service of process from the person who sent us the takedown notice or an agent of such person.
    • Your physical or electronic signature.

    The DMCA allows us to restore the removed content if the party filing the original DMCA Notice does not file a court action against you within ten business days of receiving the copy of your Counter-Notice.
    Please be aware that if you knowingly materially misrepresent that material or activity on the Website was removed or disabled by mistake or misidentification, you may be held liable for damages (including costs and attorneys' fees) under Section 512(f) of the DMCA.

    Repeat Infringers:
    It is Udemy’s policy in appropriate circumstances to disable and/or terminate the accounts of users who are repeat infringers.

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  • What Should I do if I Find a Course on a Pirate Site?

    Udemy uses a proprietary player and attaches a Udemy watermark to all course videos. This is why, when you load a video to Udemy, there is both uploading AND "processing" time, because we are encoding your videos to make them difficult to steal.

    But for a motivated pirate, any content that appears on a computer screen is vulnerable to theft.  This is unavoidable and a problem across the industry.  Giants like Netflix, Youtube, Amazon, etc. all have the same issue, and as an industry, we continue to work on new technology solutions to limit piracy.

    Because pirating techniques currently outpaces protection, we hired a company who is specifically dedicated to enforcing the DMCA laws on your behalf and target violating individuals, hosting sites, and DNS servers in an attempt to get any unauthorized content removed. This company, Link-Busters, employs a team of professionals trained in DMCA law to go after piracy issues you bring to us.  For more info on Link-Busters, feel free to take a look at their site: https://link-busters.com/

    If you find your course on a pirate site, please submit a takedown request directly to Link-Busters using this form and make sure you submit the following:

    • Your full name
    • Your email address
    • The specific URL where your unauthorized content is being hosted 
    • The URL for your course on Udemy
    • Check the box with the following statement: "I confirm that I am the copyright holder and/or creator of this course and have not provided permission for this site to offer my course."

    Please note that because of the nature of piracy, many of these sites operate outside the law and are very difficult to get shut down, despite the best efforts of our team.  Not every country has copyright laws and some pirate sites ignore lawful notices they are sent. That being said, Link-Busters will do its very best to try and get your content removed from the reported site. 

    Note:  If you are looking for information on Copyright rather than Piracy (meaning your content is illegally hosted on Udemy) Please follow the instructions in this article: How do I report a Udemy Course Infringing on My Copyright

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