It has been nearly twenty years since section 512 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act established the so-called notice and takedown process. Despite its importance to copyright holders, online service providers, and Internet speakers, very little empirical research has been done on how effective section 512 is for addressing copyright infringement, spurring online service provider development, or providing due process for notice targets. Brianna Schofield and Jennifer Urban will share results from three recent empirical studies that draw back the curtain on notice and takedown. The first study gathers information on how online service providers and rightsholders experience and practice notice and takedown on a day-to-day basis, based on detailed surveys and interviews with more than three dozen respondents; the second study examines a random sample from over 100 million notices generated during a six-month period to see who is sending notices, why, and whether they are valid takedown requests; and the third study looks specifically at a subset of those notices that were sent to Google Image Search. Their findings are documented in a recent report Notice and Takedown in Everyday Practice, available at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2755628.
As usual, the SILLab will be also an opportunity to discuss your possible involvement with CIS activities in the field of intermediary liability, term papers you might be writing at the intersection between Internet law and intermediary liability and contributions to the World Intermediary Liability Map (WILMap).
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