How do I issue a useful DMCA notice?

The United States DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) law, and its associated takedown notices, have become a common method for copyright owners to provide proof of content ownership and assert its misuse or unauthorised use on the Internet, even to sites like Tryst that are not based in a United States jurisdiction.

You must be the content owner or authorised agent to issue a takedown request. If you are not the copyright owner but believe content is stolen, you can bring it to our attention via a new ticket.

If your copyrighted material has been used on Tryst and you want to submit a request to have it removed, please ensure you include the following information in an email to

  • Your information, or the information of the copyright holder if you are an authorised representative acting on their behalf. This must include the full name of the person or entity the copyright belongs to.
  • A description, including the type, of each infringing work or a link to the specific piece of media on Tryst.
  • Your assertion of copyright (why you are the copyright holder and that you have not transferred that ownership to another party).
  • A statement that your submission is in good faith and that you have the authority to act on this claim.

Takedown requests that do not include all of the above information may not be processed at all or will require you to provide additional information to proceed. An email stating that you are the copyright owner with no proof is not sufficient to have content removed.

While it is not required to have a lawyer draft your takedown notice, in complex cases (such as incomplete payment or contracts preventing copyright transfer) it is generally preferable to ensure that your claim can be processed.

Abuse of DMCA takedown notices will result in your being banned from all current and future Assembly Four platforms, including Tryst.