Post Tagged with: "notice and takedown"

Viacom Notices

Viacom demands that YouTube take down 100,000 clips that it claims constitute copyright infringement and YouTube responds that it will comply with the request.  While some are asking how YouTube can remove so many clips so quickly, a better question is how Viacom can identify that many clips with sufficient […]

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February 2, 2007 3 comments News

Canadian Libel Law Raises Net Free Speech Chill

My weekly Law Bytes column (Toronto Star version, BBC international version, homepage version) places the spotlight on this week’s fundraiser in support of, a British Columbia-based website that is being sued for defamation for comments posted on the site by its readers.  The importance of the Internet intermediary liabilty issue extends well beyond just Internet service providers – corporate websites that allow for user feedback, education websites featuring chatrooms, or even individual bloggers who permit comments face the prospect of demands to remove content that is alleged to violate the law.

The difficult question is not whether these sites and services have the right to voluntarily remove offending content if they so choose – no one doubts that they do – but rather whether sites can be compelled to remove allegedly unlawful or infringing content under threat of potential legal liability.  The answer is not as straightforward as one might expect since Canadian law varies depending on the type of content or the nature of the allegations. 

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July 31, 2006 4 comments Columns

The Notice and Takedown Effect

Although Bill C-60 isn' t going anywhere given the current Parliamentary situation, digital copyright reform will be back once the dust settles.  When it does, the proposed notice and notice system will undoubtedly come under attack, with groups such as CRIA arguing that a DMCA notice-and-takedown system (or even a […]

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November 23, 2005 Comments are Disabled News