Converging Standards of Protection from Secondary Liability for Trademark and Copyright Infringement Online

13 Pages Posted: 23 Mar 2014 Last revised: 12 Mar 2015

Miquel Peguera

Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC); Stanford University - Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society

Date Written: March 15, 2014

Abstract

After reviewing the standards of secondary liability for copyright and trademark infringement in the online context, this Article considers the extent to which the liability of online service providers would change if a DMCA-like safe harbor scheme was applied in cases of secondary trademark infringements. It concludes that courts addressing trademark secondary infringement claims are already granting online service providers a level of protection that is in many respects equivalent to that in the DMCA, with the possible exception of the reach of the willful blindness doctrine. Ultimately, the outcomes appear to turn in large part on whether or not the court perceives the defendant to be a good faith operator.

Keywords: Trademarks, Copyright, Secondary Liability, Willful blindness, DMCA

JEL Classification: K11, O34

Suggested Citation

Peguera, Miquel, Converging Standards of Protection from Secondary Liability for Trademark and Copyright Infringement Online (March 15, 2014). Columbia Journal of Law & the Arts, Vol. 37, p. 609 (2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2412894

Miquel Peguera (Contact Author)

Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) ( email )

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Barcelona, 08035
Spain

Stanford University - Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society

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Stanford, CA 94305-8610
United States

HOME PAGE: http://cyberlaw.stanford.edu/about/people/miquel-peguera

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