Copyright Infringement

If your copyright-protected work was posted on Dreams without authorisation, you may submit a copyright infringement notification. Make sure that you consider whether fair use, fair dealing or a similar exception to copyright applies before you submit. These requests should only be sent in by the copyright owner or an agent authorised to act on the owner's behalf.

You will need:

  • The ID or URL to the copyright infringing creation in Dreams.
  • Information about the material that is being infringed.
  • Your full legal name and contact details.

If your copyright infringement claim is deemed valid, the creator will be alerted and the creation will no longer be accessible on the Dreams cloud.

Please note that all copyright infringement claims must currently be submitted in English.

If you choose to submit a copyright takedown request, please remember that you are initiating a legal process.

Please only add up to a maximum of 10 creations per form. Forms with more than 10 creations may not upload correctly and may require resubmission.

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What is copyright?#

Copyright is a legal right that protects the creators of art. The art that copyright protects can be artistic, musical or literary. Once the work is created, the creator has the right to control copies that are made of the work and how the work is communicated to the public. In DREAMS, creators can control how their work is remixed. Outside of the world of DREAMS many creators look to strictly control the use that others can make of their creations. For example, just because you have bought a CD or subscribe to a music streaming service it does not mean that you "own" that music and can do with it what you like. You can play and listen to that music but you can't re-record it or sample it.

Why has my content been disabled / removed?#

We have received a legal notice from a copyright owner confirming their belief that your content infringes their copyright rights. We are obliged to act on such notices to remove such content that is hosted in DREAMS.

What if my content has been removed in error?#

If you believe that a notice has been processed against you in error then you can submit a counter notice. This is a formal legal notice which will state why you do not believe that your work infringes the rights that the copyright owner has stated that it does. You may need to take advice on this, as copyright law is complicated, but examples of reasons that you might give in your counter notice are that your work has been misidentified, the copyright in the work that you have utilised has expired or that a defence to copyright infringement applies. In your counter notice, you will need to provide your full name, your full residential address, the Content ID for the content that was removed (you can find this in the email that was sent to your email address to notify you of the removal) and your explanation as to why your content does not infringe copyright. You will need to state (under the penalty of perjury) that this information is true and agree that the copyright owner can sue you should your counter notice be incorrect.

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