Sunday, March 11, 2018

Can a "bad review" get a DMCA takedown notice? Hollywood wants all sites to screen for copyright with content-id

Electronic Frontier Foundation has a bizarre story about Sebastian Tonczak’s electronic music video channel, one video which has hours of white noise that he created and yet received five DMCA takedown notices, story.  Eventually the claimants took the advertising revenue on his own white noise.

I think my own music, which is postromantic, won’t have this problem, but this is a good story to read as I aim to get back to making a performable version of my third Sonata and putting a performance on YouTube or Vimeo.

In 2016 Eliot Harmon had reported that lobbyists wanted to make a Google-style content-id mandatory for all hostings of video.

And now a game developer gets a DMCA notice merely for a bad review (which is not copyright infringement, although sometimes review sites draw threats regarding libel for reviews – Section 230 again) of “Super Seducer”.  

Apparently SESTA could come up for a vote soon (EFF sent out another warning Sunday night), amd this is Sen. Bob Portman's "reassurance" in the Wall Street Journal.


The NRA gets a "cease and desist" for using an outdoor sculpture in a public space in Chicago in an ad or film Whatever you think of the NRA's position on guns, I think the NRA had a right to use it.  A picture or mention showing up on my blog doesn't mean the subject endorses me (that's closer to publicity rights than copyright).  Washington Post story by Phillip Kennicott here.

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