The Inherent Paradox in Takedown Notice Misrepresentation Claims

InternetPosted By Lauren Proper

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 introduced substantial changes to the Copyright Act of 1976. Some of these amendments created additional liability – such as the anti-circumvention provisions in Sections 1201 (a) and (b) – and some create “safe harbors” – such as limitations on liability for online service providers (OSPs) under Section 512.

A common interaction Internet users have with these provisions are when doing Google searches for music or television. When Google receives a takedown notice, it removes the content and posts a message at the bottom of the webpage listing the search results altering the user that a link has been removed pursuant to a DMCA takedown notice. Takedown notices occur under Section 512 because in order for an OSP to be protected from liability under the safe harbor provision of this statute, an OSP must disable access to the allegedly-infringing content upon receiving notice the such content is available on its servers. Continue reading

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User Beware: The Legality of YouTube-to-MP3 Converters

youtube-logo-300x204Posted By: Joseph Citelli

With the proliferation of music on massively popular file-sharing websites such as YouTube and Soundcloud, musical artists face legitimate concerns in terms of protecting their copyrighted works. It is no secret that copyright holders in the music industry have aggressively engaged in an extended online anti-piracy campaign. While this campaign originally targeted file-sharing software distributors, most famously, Napster, it has continued to evolve with the technologies available. Now, more than ever, individuals may be at increased risk of litigation for infringing activity, and they might not even be aware their activity is illegal. Continue reading