Spinrilla, a hip-hop app and website, is facing a copyright infringement lawsuit filed by numerous music industry groups. Spinrilla is claiming the DMCA protects it, but the company may have a problem. The suing parties are alleging Spinrilla failed to comply with the DMCA and waived the protections of the law. If true, Spinrill is in for a world of hurt. [Read more…]
Copyright infringement has always been a landmine in the online environment. It’s become much more of an issue in recent years, as there are now more than one billion websites online – a huge percentage of which contain original content. In fact, some analysts claim that hundreds of millions of pieces of new content (including written articles and videos) are posted to the Internet every minute.
There’s no effective way to adequately describe the feeling a copyright owner gets when they see their content copied and republished online. Most are tempted to yell, “I’m going to sue!” In some cases they do. In others, the person or company will issue a DMCA takedown notice to the website with the offending content or the host of that site. [Read more…]
User-generated content is wonderful stuff. Massive fortunes have been built on its back as we can see with the Facebooks and Twitters of the world. With the good comes the annoying, which in this case means coming up with a method for dealing with the massive amount of content users can upload to a site. Many businesses use moderators as a solution. If you do, it may be time to reconsider given a recent appellate ruling suggesting the use of moderators waives the safe harbor immunity provided under the DMCA. [Read more…]
The Copyright Office launched a new online DMCA Agent registration system on December 1, 2016. While the new system has gone through some growing pains, it represents a vast improvement over the old paper application process that took months. However, many companies, particularly small businesses, are finding the new regulations come with some unfortunate surprises. One ugly surprise is businesses registering an agent must list their “real” business address in the online database as well as on their site or app. That’s right. You can no longer use a post office box or similar service as the business address, which so many people working from home have done in the past. [Read more…]
The Digital Millennium Copyright Act [“DMCA”] is a foundational law of the Internet. The Copyright Office launched a new DMCA agent registration system on December 1, 2016, which contains traps for unwary businesses. Let’s take a look at how to avoid the minefield. [Read more…]