The Digital Millennium Copyright Act may seem inadequate to address the issues that arise from the furious rate Internet users are sharing content
Copyright law wasn’t written with today’s content consumption in mind. The way online video copyright functions is based on a reading of the 10-year-old Digital Millennium Copyright Act that equates video hosting sites with Internet service providers. That law provides a “safe harbor” for hosts who respond to copyright claims by taking down infringing content “expeditiously.”
There doesn’t seem to be widespread motivation to modernize that process.Viacom is suing YouTubefor $1 billion, claiming YouTube should take more responsibility than the current reading of DMCA requires. But that case isplodding along in the courts. Meanwhile, Internet users are sharing and consuming content at a furious rate. And what’s being called the “real-time Web” is even less equipped to deal with copyright infringement.
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