Author: Ellen Seidler

How Google could reduce its massive DMCA takedown numbers

Instead of griping about growing flood of takedowns, why doesn’t Google change its approach?

Poor Google….bad, bad copyright holders….that’s essentially the subtext beneath headlines that scream, “Google received over 75 million copyright takedown requests in February-The company is processing over 100,000 links each and every hour.”   My response–why not try a different approach?

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Customers shouldn’t be upset by Netflix VPN crackdown

The Netflix VPN move will put pressure on the company (and distributors) to satisfy customers worldwide

According to a report in Wired, Netflix customers are upset the the company (finally) cracked down on the use of VPNs (virtual private networks) that allowed users to access Netflix content not available in their home country.  The result is a lot of unhappy puppies, so unhappy in fact that they’ve signed a petition asking Netflix to reconsider.  Of course, some of the same tired canards are being pulled out to attack the move.

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YouTube wants to fix itself? Here’s one suggestion…

Why doesn’t YouTube make it easier for people to work things out when there’s a dispute over content?

Every week it seems there’s a new headline bemoaning content that has been mistakenly removed from YouTube due to bogus copyright claims.  This so-called “takedown abuse” makes for good headlines, but per usual, there’s much more to the story of what happens behind-the-scenes on YouTube with various types of claims on copyrighted content.

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Why does Google make it so damn difficult to send a DMCA notice?

Google sets up roadblocks at every step of the DMCA process, doesn’t provide DMCA agent’s email address, and requires senders to login to a Google account

As the U.S. Copyright Office solicits public comments for its study to evaluate the impact and effectiveness of the safe harbor provisions contained in section 512 of the (DMCA) Digital Millennium Copyright Act it’s worth examining how Google–the Sugar Daddy of pirate purveyors– openly skirts the law to obstruct the process at every turn.

Of course Google would have you believe it’s the victim when it comes to enforcing the DMCA.  Its flacks regularly bleat about the millions of DMCA notices the company processes each week–a small price for profiting (indirectly) off the lucrative myriad of online exchanges it provides for pirated content.  As I’ve written before, Google’s millions of takedowns is a “mess of its own making.”

What about those on the other end of the pipeline–the victims whose only recourse is to send a DMCA notice in order to have their (stolen) movies, music, books, etc. removed from Google websites?  For these creators, Google’s DMCA process becomes a maze of twists and turns that, more often than not, leads back to the beginning.

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EFF reacts to MPAA-Donut anti-piracy pact with predictable hyperbole and histrionics

Once again, EFF pulls out the piracy as “free speech” mantra

When it comes to the EFF and piracy, it’s kind of like the movie Ground Hog Day….same thing over and over and over again.  As such, it was no surprise this week when the EFF’s Mitch Stoltz—-displaying typically knee-jerk EFF form, published a blog post decrying this week’s announcement that the MPAA and top-level domain registrar Donuts had reached a voluntary partnership to “reduce online piracy.”  Of course, when it comes to the EFF, there’s no middle ground, and any effort to combat piracy is always met with the same, tired talking points.

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MPAA & domain registrar ‘Donuts’ announce partnership to reduce online piracy

Another ally joins the war against online pirates The battle against online piracy has been fought on many fronts, and today came news that another had opened with the announcement that the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and Donuts, a the largest registrar for the new domain extensions have come to an agreement to thwart online piracy. The development is good news for creators of every stripe. The agreement outlines ‘best practices’ in dealing with sites reported as being “large-scale” pirate operations: Under the terms of the agreement, the MPAA will be treated as a “Trusted Notifier” for the purpose of reporting large-scale pirate websites that are registered...

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Good news for artists as support for copyright smalls claims process grows

Commerce Department white paper supports creation of copyright small claims process

Today the Department of Commerce Internet Policy Task Force (which includes the USPTO)  released its long anticipated white paper on “Remixes, First Sale, and Statutory Damages–Copyright Policy, Creativity, and Innovation in the Digital Economy.”  Among its findings  is support for a copyright small claims process to adjudicate infringement claimsThe Copyright Alliance issued a press release summarizing the report:

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Ruth Vitale – Without copyright…we cannot be creative and innovative.

An interview worth listening to: Ruth Vitale, CEO of Creative Future, talked about technology and innovation in the film industry during a recent radio interview with journalist John Hockenberry for the public radio morning show The Takeaway on WNYC and PRI.  Creative Future promotes the value of creativity in today’s digital age and during the interview Vitale explains the ties that bind the tech industry with the creative industry and how copyright ensures our collective (creative) future. You can listen to the interview with Ruth Vitale here.   Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share...

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Piracy apologists’ convenient lie (of omission) that Hollywood profits means piracy doesn’t matter

Yes Virginia, piracy damages both the film industry and its audience

It’s that time of year again, when the piracy apologists pull out their annual canard that Hollywood’s profits provide proof that online piracy doesn’t hurt the film industry. The fact is piracy leads to fewer films being made, fewer people being employed in the film industry, and fewer options for audiences at the movie theaters. Piracy comes with a price — and we all pay.

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