END Safe Harbor. Protect Artists Not Piracy
Since 1999 thousands of rogue websites have been using a loophole in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act to avoid prosecution and circumvent the efforts of authors, filmmakers, musicians, songwriters, photographers and all creatives to have their work permanently removed from abusive websites.
Today, under Section 512 of the DMCA, operators and owners of infringing websites can remove a specific file named in a take down notice, only to repost the same content using a different URL and be in full compliance with the law.
Section 512 was never intended to have this consequence. It was created to protect Internet start-ups from frivolous claims, not place artists and creators in financial jeopardy.
Last year alone, over 345 million take down notices were filed with little or no impact on this serious problem.
We are asking all creators and their supporters to join us in petitioning Congress to remedy this situation by adding a ‘stay down��� provision to Section 512.�� A stay down provision will streamline the process for creators by requiring a single notification and placing the responsibility on website owners and operators, to block content identified in ‘take down > Stay down‘ notices from their website(s).
Failure to comply will be considered a violation and those websites that refuse to remove specified content after notification by the rightful owners will result in legal actions.
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