Chilling Effects and the DMCA: An Empirical Case Study

2016 Internet Law Work-In-Progress Conference, Working Paper Series, March, 2016

Posted: 3 Apr 2016 Last revised: 1 May 2016

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Jon Penney

Harvard Law School; Harvard University - Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society; Citizen Lab, University of Toronto

Date Written: March 5, 2016

Abstract

This work examines an Internet-related regulatory scheme and any chilling effects it may cause in practice. This exploration is pursued through a case study of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and its impact on Google Blogger and Twitter users. The DMCA regulates and enforces copyrights online through an elaborate “notice and takedown” scheme that commentators have argued, in practice, has a chilling effect on people’s legal activities online. This case study explores those claims. This work is also a Chapter in larger forthcoming manuscript.

Keywords: DMCA, copyright, chilling effects, blogs, Twitter, Google blogger, blogger, human rights, free speech, empirical legal studies

JEL Classification: K23, K19, K42, O34, O38, D23

Suggested Citation

Penney, Jonathon, Chilling Effects and the DMCA: An Empirical Case Study (March 5, 2016). 2016 Internet Law Work-In-Progress Conference, Working Paper Series, March, 2016, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2757778 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2757778

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