U.S. Copyright Office Section 512 Study: Comments in Response to Notice of Inquiry

81 Pages Posted: 2 Apr 2016 Last revised: 7 Apr 2016

Annemarie Bridy

University of Idaho College of Law; Stanford University Center for Internet and Society

Daphne Keller

Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society

Date Written: March 31, 2016

Abstract

These comments were prepared and submitted in response to the U.S. Copyright Office's December 31, 2015 Notice and Request for Public Comment on the impact and effectiveness of the DMCA safe harbor provisions in Section 512 of Title 17. Of the 30 questions posed in the Notice, we respond to almost half, addressing (1) the overall effectiveness of the safe harbors in balancing stakeholder interests and promoting innovation in online products and services, (2) the operation of the notice-and-takedown process and the problems associated with a proposed "notice-and-staydown" policy, (3) the adequacy of the DMCA's counter-notice provisions to protect non-infringing user expression, (4) the soundness of judicial interpretations of legal standards relating to service providers' knowledge and control of users' infringements, and (5) the effectiveness of service providers' repeat infringer policies in light of the statute's lack of specificity concerning this requirement.

Keywords: DMCA, Copyright Office, 17 USC 512, safe harbors, intermediary liability, copyright, piracy, infringement

Suggested Citation

Bridy, Annemarie and Keller, Daphne, U.S. Copyright Office Section 512 Study: Comments in Response to Notice of Inquiry (March 31, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2757197

Annemarie Bridy (Contact Author)

University of Idaho College of Law ( email )

Idaho Law & Justice Learning Center
PO Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720-0051
United States
(208) 364-4583 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.uidaho.edu/law/faculty/annemariebridy

Stanford University Center for Internet and Society ( email )

Idaho Law & Justice Learning Center
PO Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720-0051
United States
(208) 364-4583 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.uidaho.edu/law/faculty/annemariebridy

Daphne Keller

Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society ( email )

559 Nathan Abbott Way
Stanford, CA 94305-8610
United States
6507231417 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://cyberlaw.stanford.edu/about/people/daphne-keller

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