Saturday, August 01, 2020

Bizarre Twitter trolling and DMCA misuse scheme described by EFF; also DMCA on Twitch

Electronic Frontier Foundation has an op-ed (no article author named), "Self-discovered Twitter troll Ryan Hitze discovers new way to troll Twitter: the DMCA".

The article describes a legal battler between former football star/lifestyle coach and journalist Luke O’Neal.

I don’t understand, in an economic sense, how the Twitter following and unfollowing (like a toggle switch) can work, and the 2018 Vice article is merely hard to follow.  But it’s very strange that any tech company would honor a DMCA takedown request, as it has nothing to do with copyright.  Theoretically you can talk about defamation or right of publicity, but these sound like a stretch by most common sense.   And Section 230 is what applies to those.

I do see something else relevant, however.  That is, referring back to my “Dangerous Thought Experiment” of the past (My “doaskdotell” home page video), that some day the tech industry (and maybe the law) may require people have a legitimate business purpose to have “branded” presence on the Internet at all. This is partly based on a more recent theory (since Charlottesville) that “gratuitous” speech represent a stochastic threat.  This episode shows the bizarre schemes site owners would come up with to make a site appear self-supporting if this was done. 
“TheScore Esports” explains that Twitch has been giving copyright strikes, leading to an “apocalypse”.

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