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The Digital Millennium Copyright Act – Not Just for Protecting Intellectual Property?

No one would disagree that plane crashes are a terrible and inescapable fact of life in today’s ever increasing busy and mobile society. Another arguably terrible side effect to today’s bustling, need it now mindset are the 24-hour news networks – and when a plane does go down, these networks are climbing all over each […]

DMCA: Policy Mechanics

To remain eligible for safe harbor under § 512(c), an online service provider (OSP) who allows posting of user-generated content (UGC) must document, implement, and communicate its policy for monitoring, blocking, and removal of infringing content.  The OSP also must be prepared to restore removed material correctly in the event that a takedown notice is successfully challenged […]

DMCA: Notice and Takedown

The Online Copyright Infringement Liability Limitation Act (OCILLA), passed in 1998 as Title II of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), preserves strong incentives for service providers and copyright owners to cooperate to detect and deal with copyright infringements that take place in the digital networked environment. The DMCA notification procedures place the burden of […]

DMCA Requirements: Control and Benefit

My last post related how Online Service Providers (OSPs) are subject to disqualification for § 512 safe harbor from copyright infringement liability based on actual or red flag knowledge of user-generated content (UGC) containing infringing material.  Another disqualifier for safe harbor is the OSP’s control of and benefit from the infringing act. Control and Benefit […]

DMCA Requirements: Knowledge

As related in my last post, DMCA sections 512(c) and 512(d) have heightened requirements before copyright infringement liability protection adheres to service providers who support user generated content (UGC). The requirements for the four categories of safe harbors under § 512 can be summarized as follows: Safe Harbor Provider Monitoring Red Flag Test Notice/Takedown (a) Conduit ISP […]

User Generated Content: Who’s Safe?

As mentioned in an earlier post, the originators of a web presence are not guaranteed limited liability under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) merely because it is visiting third parties, and not the originators, who introduce infringing content onto an originator’s site.  Rather, the DMCA offers safe harbor only to qualifying service providers. Safe Harbor: Eligibility […]

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