THAT BABY WON’T BE DANCING AT THE SUPREME COURT – Due diligence obligations of copyright holders before sending a DMCA takedown notice

Lenz v. Universal Music Corp. represents 10 years of questionable effort on the part of the Electronic Frontier Foundation  (EFF) to curb an imagined potential for abuse by powerful copyright owners when sending takedown notices [...]

COURT PUTS CHINK IN DMCA IMMUNITY ARMOR: Be careful in use of moderators

Background:

Section 512(c) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) is largely responsible for the plethora of user-generated content on the Internet. Section 512(c) provides that a service provider (e.g., a website) will [...]

THE HAZARDS OF DATA SCRAPING: $60m judgment for Craigslist

On April 13th, in the northern district court of California, Craigslist was awarded $60 million in a data scraping case against real estate listing site Radpad (Craigslist, Inc. v. RadPad, Inc., No. 16-01856 (N.D. Cal. Apr. 13, [...]

ANHEUSER-BUSCH STUMBLES OVER USER-GENERATED CONTENT

Much of the Internet is filled with user-generated content. In order to use that content, companies need to receive sufficient rights from the owner of that content. In that regard, based on a recent complaint, Anheuser-Busch may [...]

ALERT: Websites must complete the online Copyright Agent registration process by the end of 2017, or lose immunity from copyright infringement claims from user-generated content

Quick Summary:

In short, if you have in the past registered a Copyright Agent manually with the U.S. Copyright Office in order to qualify for immunity from claims of copyright infringement arising from user-generated content on [...]

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