Legal matters

Requests for Takedown of Content

WordPress.com strongly believes in freedom of speech. We have a vast audience spread across many cultures, countries, and backgrounds with varying values, and our service is designed to let users freely express themselves. When we receive a request to takedown content, we review those complaints very carefully.

Reporting Terms of Service Violations

If you believe that a site is violating our Terms of Service, please refer to the information on this page to submit a report, and we will take action as appropriate. Regardless of whether or not we take action, we may forward a copy of the complaint to the site owner.

We do not remove content based on disputes over the content on a site or in a comment, unless the information sought to be removed is subject to an order issued by a court in the United States. We are not in a position to determine if something posted on a WordPress.com site is defamatory or not. If we receive such a complaint, we defer to the judgment of a court in the United States.

If your inquiry or request brings to our attention a violation of our policies or Terms of Service, we will address it per our usual procedure. This may or may not include contacting the user, removing content, or suspending the site entirely.

Who Is Liable for Content Hosted on WordPress.com?

WordPress.com, as a United States-based internet service provider, is protected by the safe harbour provisions of §230(c) of the United States Communications Decency Act, which states that internet service providers cannot be held liable for the contents (including allegedly harassing, defamatory, inaccurate, or offensive content) posted to our service by our users.

WordPress.com does not and will not exercise editorial oversight over the sites hosted on our service. Nor are we considered the author, editor, or publisher of that content in any way.

Requests for Takedown of Copyrighted Content

WordPress.com complies with properly formatted notices sent in accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. More information about our process and a DMCA takedown notice submission form can be found here.

Enforcing Protection Orders Against WordPress.com Users

WordPress.com is not responsible for enforcing protection orders that apply to users on our service. If you have an active protection order that may apply to a WordPress.com user, or if you represent a client who does, please contact the appropriate court or law enforcement agency for assistance.

 

Full text is available here:WORDPRESS BLOG Legal responsibilities

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