That’s why my interest was piqued as I read a recent blog post by Connie Mableson, a lawyer, writer and expert on the Digital Millennial Copyright Act.
Here, she writes about an artist named Christopher Boffoli who availed himself of the Act’s “takedown provisions” when he spotted unapproved posting of his work on people’s Twitter streams.
As Connie points out, most sites respond quickly to such requests. After all, compliance provides a safe harbor for sites that are inundated daily with content that’s not theirs.
She points us toward a very helpful article on arstechnica that gives you all you need to know—and more.
As the post by Jon Brodkin opens:
“Convincing large websites like Facebook and Google to nuke copyrighted content off their servers is pretty easy these days. Because of the ‘safe harbor’ protections in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), websites are protected from liability for the actions of their users if they comply with requests from copyright owners to delete improperly distributed works. In practice, this means that copyright owners can get the action they want within a day or two. Even websites that are accused of infringing copyright by design—like Megaupload—have made sure to comply with the DMCA to gain that safe harbor.”
“But Twitter is being accused of ignoring a series of DMCA takedown requests lodged by an artist named Christopher Boffoli, who sued Twitter yesterday alleging copyright infringement.”
And if you’re curious about the artist, here’s how Connie aptly describes his work: “Boffoli is a full-time artist from Seattle who created the popular ‘Disparity Series,’ consisting of photographs featuring miniature figures in funny poses on various types of food.”
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