Thursday, October 07, 2010

Commerce Seeks Comment on Protecting Copyrighted Works on the Internet | Department of Commerce

Commerce Seeks Comment on Protecting Copyrighted Works on the Internet | Department of Commerce

Go here and click through to the email address if you have helpful opinions for the government on how your copyright ought to be protected

More to know:

A lot of pirates who think they are safe because of "Safe Harbor", probably are not, if only their victims would maintain a database.

Here's what EFF says

In the online world, the potentially infringing activities of individuals are stored and transmitted through the networks of third parties. Web site hosting services, Internet service providers, and search engines that link to materials on the Web are just some of the service providers that transmit materials created by others. Section 512 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) protects online service providers (OSPs) from liability for information posted or transmitted by subscribers if they quickly remove or disable access to material identified in a copyright holder's complaint.
In order to qualify for safe harbor protection, a service provider who hosts content must:
  • have no knowledge of, or financial benefit from, infringing activity on its network
  • have a copyright policy and provide proper notification of that policy to its subscribers
  • list an agent to deal with copyright complaints
While the safe harbor provisions provide a way for individuals to object to the removal of their materials once taken down, they do not require service providers to notify those individuals before their allegedly infringing materials are removed. If the material on your site does not infringe the intellectual property rights of a copyright owner and it has been improperly removed from the Web, you can file a counter-notice with the service provider, who must transmit it to the person who made the complaint. If the copyright owner does not notify the service provider within 14 business days that it has filed a claim against you in court, your materials can be restored to the Internet.

Here is what I take to be an abuse of Safe Harbor, but I might be mistaken.

Even if the authors and the publishers wish to give their books away free to readers as a promotional campaign, I doubt that they intended for their books to be bundled, and used to incentivize readers to click an advertisement for AdFly

You will also notice a "Free Books Club Group" on Yahoo. I complained to that group about e-book piracy, and was banned. I complained to Yahoo, too.

Best wishes,
Rowena Cherry

1 comment:

RowenaBCherry said...

Interested parties are encouraged to submit comments by e-mail to

Comments filed in response to this NOI will be made available to the public on the Internet Policy Task Force website at