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Andrew Wonser
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« on: April 01, 2016, 06:57:00 PM »

Just in case you haven't seen this yet here we go.

The short of it is that the Copyright office is taking public comment on the DMCA. Comments end today (April 1st) at 11:59 EST.
I'm sure most of us, that view user created content, have seen the abuse the DMCA creates.
There are groups who file takedowns on content they do not own just to get the revenue. Groups that refile after clearing the same content. That use the DMCA to remove legitimate content just because they don't agree with it or actively do no like the creator. Takedowns are filed for content where the claims flat out do not exist. I could go on and on.

Bottom link contains a form letter, though personal touches to it or a custom comment are probably more helpful.

Video of Doug from Nostalgia Critic making his case for why you should care.

For anyone curious here is the rambling mess I wrote.
Spoiler for Hiden:
The DMCA, as it stands now, while offering protection for large content creators does not shield the individual from a multitude of abuses as detailed in the following:
- A group can claim content they do not own for the express purpose of receiving revenue and when finally threatened with legal action will rescind the claim only to move on to another creators content to do it all over again.
- Content can be void of any Intellectual Property (Music or Images) yet still be subject to a takedown without peer review.
- Multiple claims can be filed on the same content, even after said content was cleared by claimant.
- Takedowns can be filed to silence or threaten a critic of a particular IP/person/group in violation of the First Amendment.
- Content can be subject to a takedown claim without taking Fair Use into account.
- Takedowns are filed not by the actual claimant but a third party thereby shielding the claimant from any repercussions related to said claim.

Bottom line the DMCA was created when the Internet was still beginning but has not changed to reflect how it is used today. There needs to be protections put in place that defend the creators of today in addition to those that have been with us in the past. As well as actual penalties for those that abuse the DMCA in ways that the framers of said law could never have envisioned.
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