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Friday, September 7, 2012

Copyright Bots out of control - Where are the class action Plaintiffs' lawyers?

Copyright abusers are using bots to bring down perfectly legal content--

Copyright infringement claim brings down the Democratic National Convention | Technology News Blog - Yahoo! News: "The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) is a 1998 law that requires sites like YouTube to promptly respond to accusations of copyright infringement. Today, those accusations are usually leveled by automated bots that scour popular uploaded clips for content that might be uploaded without the owner's permission. Charges are made by computer programs and responded to by computer programs, so content is inappropriately removed all the time. . . . "

Copyright Killbots Strike Again: Official DNC Livestream Taken Down By Just About Every Copyright Holder | Techdirt: "This time, content protection via crawling bots have taken down another approved, perfectly legal stream. The victim this time? The Democratic National Convention's official stream, hosted at YouTube. As Wired reports, if you're looking to catch up on last night's activities, including a speech by Michelle Obama, don't bother: The video, posted by the official YouTube account for the convention, DemConvention2012, was blocked, according to YouTube, for ostensibly infringing on the copyright of . . .  WMG, SME, Associated Press (AP), UMG, Dow Jones, New York Times Digital, The Harry Fox Agency, Inc. (HFA), Warner Chappell, UMPG Publishing and EMI Music Publishing, . . . ."

Where are the class action Plaintiffs' lawyers? The copyright abusers have "deep pockets" and they are abusing DMCA and copyright laws without any consequences whatsoever. Meanwhile, the FTC and FCC  and DOJ are MIA.

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