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Why does a web host, blogging service provider, or search engine get DMCA takedown notices?

Many copyright claimants are making complaints under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, Section 512(c)’s safe-harbor for hosts of “Information Residing on Systems or Networks At Direction of Users” or Section 512(d)’s safe-harbor for providers of “Information Location Tools.” These safe harbors give providers immunity from liability for users’ possible copyright infringement — if they “expeditiously” remove material when they get complaints. Whether or not the provider would have been liable for infringement by users’ materials it hosts or links to, the provider can avoid the possibility of a lawsuit for money damages by following the DMCA’s takedown procedure when it gets a complaint. The person whose information was removed can file a counter-notification if he or she believes the complaint was erroneous.

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Posted on March 28, 2012, in #copyright infringement, #internet laws, #rant-4u. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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