Safe Harbor. Unintended Shelter For Piracy.
“With a European consultation on safe harbour underway, everyone concerned – tech companies and music bodies alike – is preparing their submissions and cranking up their lobbying efforts as we move into 2016. There’s a sense among the rights’ holders that next year is the crucial time: to test the current application of safe harbour in court, and to encourage policymakers to clarify the legislation.” Read More.
Section 512, Takedown provision of the DMCA, has had the unintended consequence of creating Safe Harbor protection for infringing websites. It has had a devastating impact on every working artist in America, stripping them of their legal right to determine who is entitled to use copyrighted work.
Authors, filmmakers, musicians, photographers and every creator whose copyrighted work can be distributed over the internet has been negatively impacted by online piracy.
Under Section 512 of the DMCA nearly every ‘alleged’ pirate site has been operating openly within the limits of the law since the take down provision in Section 512 was enacted in 1998.
Take Down and Stay Down is Not SOPA.
SOPA would have established an oversight committee to determine which infringing websites would be shut down. Take Down and Stay Down grants legal recourse to the individual copyright holder to determine who can use their copyrighted work. Take Down and Stay Down eliminates the main impediment to SOPA’s passage, the potential for censorship.
Google and other power brokers who want an unregulated internet will have difficulty in building a case that deprives individual copyright holders of their right to determine what happens to their work.
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