YouTube revamps content ID, defaults to DMCA in case of unresolved disputes — Leading the news this week is Google’s decision to add some flexibility to its Content ID appeals process. According to Google, “When the user files an appeal, a content owner has two options: release the claim or file a formal DMCA notification.” It remains to be seen what the effect of this move will be, but, just for the record, Jonathan Bailey called it.
New paper on ISP liability: how to reconcile US and EU approaches? — The 1709 Blog points to an informative new paper comparing the US’s DMCA and the EU’s E-commerce Directive, both of which set up rules controlling liability for online service providers.
The Internet: Now just another special interest — Behind the shiny new Internet Association is the same old lobbying, as Lydia DePillis of The New Republic reports.
Internet Astroturf 3.0 — Scott Cleland offers a who’s who of groups “united in the common belief that users and groups of any kind should not have to pay, or ask for permission, to use others’ intellectual property online, because permission and payment to use intellectual property limits the sharing, creativity and innovation of others.”
Amanda Palmer’s Accidental Experiment with Real Communism — The New Yorker’s perspective on recent events involving Palmer. “Ideally, you don’t even know you are working at all. You think you are keeping up with friends, or networking, or saving the world. Or jamming with the band. And you are. But you are also laboring for someone else’s benefit without getting paid. And this, it turns out, was exactly Amanda Palmer’s hustle.”
HSI seizes 686 websites selling counterfeit medicine to unsuspecting consumers — The US ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations announced this week the seizure of nearly seven hundred domain names connected with the online illicit sale of fake drugs. The seizures are part of a larger global effort which so far has resulted in 79 arrests, the seizure of 3.7 million doses of counterfeit drugs, and the takedown of approximately 18,000 websites. No word yet on how much this will break the internet.
Protecting Creative and Intellectual Property on the Internet — Independent filmmaker Adam Lipsius recounts his experience with online piracy and the challenges it poses to similar creators. He ends by noting, “it is respect for all craftsmen and conjurers and job creators — and the expectation that society will protect their ability to profit legitimately from their work — that’s at stake when setting the balance on copyright protection in our digital era.”
NYC 2012 Conference: Keynote Speaker; Registration Open! — Bill Rosenblatt announces some of the panels and speakers who have been confirmed for the December 5th conference in NYC, and the event sounds promising. Registration is now open and discounted before November 1.