Rebalancing Section 512 to Protect Fair Users from Herds of Mice-Trampling Elephants, or a Little Due Process is Not Such a Dangerous Thing
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Santa Clara Computer and High Technology Law Journal, Vol. 22, No. 3, p. 547, 2006
The author agrees with the basic concept of 17 U.S.C. 512; to protect internet functionality, ISPs should have robust safe harbors against liability for their subscribers' copyright infringement. However, the current details of the notice and take down system are both unfair to the general public and unnecessary to the economic health of the United States. The author suggests a robust, statutorily established digital fair use right backed by a notice and take procedure protecting fair users. At a minimum, use of a purchased music file on any of the purchaser's equipment should be fair use. Preferably, all personal non-commercial use should be legal. Use or provision of technology to enable fair use should not violate Chapter 12 of Title 17. Additionally, ISPs should not be allowed (let alone incentivised) to cut off subscribers as repeat, on-line copyright infringers absent court decision on the alleged infringements.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 30
Keywords: copyright, fair use, P2P, file sharing, section 512, notice and take downAccepted Paper Series
Date posted: January 10, 2006
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