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
Date Written: March 5, 2016
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
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