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IsoHunt, Veoh and the Rules of DMCA Safe Harbor

IsoHunt, Veoh and the Rules of DMCA Safe Harbor

9th Circuit Court of AppealsIn 1998, the U.S. passed the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), a multi-part act that was an attempt to update copyright law for the digital era. One of the provisions in the DMCA is known as the safe harbor provisions and those provisions specifically deal with that hosts and other intermediaries face for copyright infringement via third parties.

The “big idea” of the law is simple: Sites that host content for third parties, namely users, should not be liable for copyright infringement so long as they don’t have actual knowledge of the infringement, remove content quickly upon proper notification and do not receive financial benefit when they are able to control the activity.

This law, as controversial as it can be, is designed to both protect hosts from liability and give rightsholders an easy way to remove infringing material. It’s also enabled many of the Web’s best-loved sites as Facebook, YouTube and even Google likely couldn’t exist without these protections.

However, the law also left a great deal open to interpretation and created areas of uncertainty. Slowly, some of those legal gray areas have been coming before the courts and two rulings, both from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, sheds some light into them.

The first case involves the video streaming site Veoh and the second looks at the Bittorrent tracker IsoHunt. Two very different sites looking at the same issue with two very different outcomes.

Here’s a look at what went down and what it likely means for safe harbor moving forward.Continue Reading

3 Count: Begin Mardi Gras

Have any suggestions for the 3 Count? Let me know via Twitter @plagiarismtoday. 1: Google Throws Down Gauntlet: No More Book Settlement Changes First off today, Google has made a series of filings in the Google Book Search lawsuit defending the current settlement and saying that it will not revise it any further. The newContinue Reading

Copyright 2.0 Show – Episode 127

It is Monday again and that means that it is time for another episode of the Copyright 2.0 Show. It was a busy week for copyright news with a flurry of stories raining down. We see the conclusion to one of the most important DMCA-related cases as well as one of the most controversial plagiarismContinue Reading

3 Count: Veoh Victory

Got any suggestions for the 3 Count. Let me know via Twitter @plagiarismtoday. 1: Veoh wins copyright suit, brightening YouTube’s future First off today, video site Veoh has prevailed in its lawsuit against Universal, which had sued claiming the site was a haven for copyright infringement and was liable for damages. However, the judge inContinue Reading

3 Count: AP Sues Over Hope

This is the first in a new daily column on Plagiarism Today where the site brings you three of the days biggest, most important copyright and plagiarism news links. If you want to offer your feedback on the column, use the contact form above or just follow me on Twitter at @plagiarismtoday. 1: AP allegesContinue Reading