Troll protection

SopsSops Join Date: 2003-07-03 Member: 17894Members, Constellation
And not the annoying internet kind, the far larger PITA lawyer kind.

<!><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (</div><div class='quotemain'><!--QuoteEBegin-->Founded in March, the Las Vegas-based Righthaven has begun buying out the copyrights to newspaper content of the Las Vegas Review-Journal for the sole purpose of suing blogs and websites that re-post, or even excerpt, those articles without permission. The company has settled about 60 of 160 cases for a few thousand dollars each, and plans to expand its operations to other newspapers across the country.

Many of its lawsuits arise, not from articles posted by a website’s proprietors, but from comments and forum posts by the site’s readers. Under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, a website enjoys effective immunity from civil copyright liability for user content, provided they, promptly remove infringing material at the request of a rightsholder. That’s how sites like YouTube are able to exist, and why allows users to post comments to our stories without fear that a single user’s cut-and-paste will cost us $150,000 in court.

But to dock in that legal safe harbor, a site has to, among other things, register an official contact point for DMCA takedown notices, a process that involves filling out a form and mailing a check to the government. An examination of Righthaven’s lawsuits targeting user content suggests it’s specifically going after sites that failed to fill out that paperwork.<!--QuoteEnd--></div><!--QuoteEEnd-->

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  • PaniggPanigg Join Date: 2006-11-02 Member: 58212Members
    Trolls are most easily killed with fire. I suggest burning them at the stake.
  • [WHO]Them[WHO]Them You can call me Dave Join Date: 2002-12-11 Member: 10593Members, Constellation
    Man, I hope wired doesn't see that quote.
  • DrfuzzyDrfuzzy FEW... MORE.... INCHES... Join Date: 2003-09-21 Member: 21094Members
    <a href="" target="_blank">Needs moar troll sniffing rat</a>
  • SwiftspearSwiftspear Custim tital Join Date: 2003-10-29 Member: 22097Members
    I like stuff like this. This is going to be the reason that the riots and banker/lawyer/politician lynching rises up into the US and start to match the passions of the people who have already been protesting in Europe. I can't imagine the government acting in defense of big companies ripping off little fish on the internet, but I damn sure could see the people of the world reacting.
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