November 25, 2016

“US Perspectives: New US Copyright Rule Sets Trap For Online Firms,” Intellectual Property Watch, November 25, 2016

The US Copyright Office is supposed to balance the interests of copyright owners with the interests of everyone else. However, the Office’s latest regulation, which takes effect 1 December, may be anything but fair and balanced. It could, according to critics, strip Facebook, YouTube, and other online companies of a vital statutory safe harbor, thus making these companies liable when their users post infringing material online. Online companies could face billions in infringement damages, driving them out of business.

“It is important that the designations of agents be current. If somebody posts infringing material, the copyright owner needs to be able to know whom to contact to take it down,” said David R. Haarz, a Principal in the Harness Dickey law firm.

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