How the DMCA Anticipated the DSA’s Due Process Obligations

Verfassungsblog, 2024

6 Pages Posted: 19 Mar 2024

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Eric Goldman

Santa Clara University - School of Law

Sebastian Felix Schwemer

University of Copenhagen, Centre for Information and Innovation Law (CIIR); University of Oslo, Norwegian Research Center for Computers and Law (NRCCL)

Date Written: February 20, 2024

Abstract

Enacted in 1998, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) created online safe harbors (17 USC 512) that provide several due process-like protections for user-authors. This essay identifies some of those due process elements, compares them to the analogous provisions in the EU Digital Services Act (DSA), and discusses the lessons from the DMCA for the DSA. Though the DSA uses a different policy paradigm than the DMCA, it’s unclear if it will achieve better outcomes.

Keywords: dsa, dmca, due process, digital millennium copyright act, copyright, digital services act, european union, 17 usc 512, online safe harbor, notice-and-takedown

JEL Classification: k2, k42, l86, o38

Suggested Citation

Goldman, Eric and Schwemer, Sebastian Felix, How the DMCA Anticipated the DSA’s Due Process Obligations (February 20, 2024). Verfassungsblog, 2024, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4733551 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4733551

Eric Goldman (Contact Author)

Santa Clara University - School of Law ( email )

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Sebastian Felix Schwemer

University of Copenhagen, Centre for Information and Innovation Law (CIIR) ( email )

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Copenhagen, 2300
Denmark

HOME PAGE: http://jura.ku.dk/schwemer

University of Oslo, Norwegian Research Center for Computers and Law (NRCCL) ( email )

Karl Johans gt. 47
Domus Academica
Oslo, Oslo 0130
Norway

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