Sunday, August 31, 2014

Copyright: The Take Down Notice Discussions

The process of sending a DMCA (short for a Take Down Notice) may need to be simplified.

At the moment, an author wishing to send a DMCA faces some uniformity in the amount of information that has to be published in a DMCA, but no certainty on whether the work will be taken down, when the work will be taken down, whether the take down will be speciously challenged by an activist pirate.... in which case, the work may NEVER be taken down.

Some alleged pirate sites aren't really giving away or selling the romance novels and works of science fiction that they claim to give away or sell. They are credit card phishing sites, or malware sites and presumably they feel that they can prey on would-be illegal downloaders of copyrighted works, because the illegal downloaders may be shy about complaining to the authorities and thereby fingering themselves.

To coin a phrase.

Others are pirates, but they are in Russia, the Philippines, China, India, or somewhere else and they know that Google and Yahoo will continue to follow the traffic with their advertising dollars, and the proverbial long arm of American law enforcement isn't all that long.

Those sorts are a waste of time.

The next date for great excitement and intellegent debate (for those of copyright wonk tendencies) is
September 10th.

Here's an announcement:

A reminder that on September 10, 2014, the Department of Commerce's Internet Policy Task Force will hold the fourth public meeting of the multistakeholder forum on improving the operation of the DMCA notice and takedown system. The meeting will take place from 10:00am - 1:00pm in Alexandria, VA, at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), in conjunction with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). The meeting will also be webcast live over the internet.The final agenda and webcasting information will be made available one week prior to the event at: Look for the links under the 2014 Meetings heading.For more information about the Multistakeholder Forum, please visit the Multistakeholder Tab at: register for the meeting, please follow the instructions at:


All the best,
Rowena Cherry

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