READ the bill...|
It EXPLICITLY states that the host is only liable IF they do NOT
make a reasonable effort to remove misused copyrighted materials.
On 12/1/2011 12:03 PM, Eric Rasmussen wrote:
I read that as EFF saying "we don't believe websites
that let users post potentially copyright infringing content
should be subject to legal threat, but under the new law they will
If I start an Etsy shop reselling goods from Acme and use Acme's
original copyrighted product photos, Etsy could be at risk, even
if they don't reasonably have a way to automatically filter out
that content. Etsy is then put in a position where they have to
put unreasonable controls on the majority of
non-copyright-infringing customers to prevent potential legal
Acme could always ask Etsy to remove the copyright-infringing
content, but with the new law they could go straight to the
payment processor and prevent Etsy from collecting funds they
might need to continue running, regardless of the eventual outcome
of the investigation.
If I'm understanding it correctly, this means that any of us that
one day start a site where users can freely post photos, text
(copyrighted lyrics/slogans/etc.) would also be at risk. Sites
like Tumblr that host blogs for many users are very concerned
about the law for this reason.
On Thu, Dec 1, 2011 at 11:44 AM, <email@example.com>
> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject: [vox] What's On the Blacklist? Three Sites That
SOPA Could Put
> at Risk [EFF]
> From: Brian Lavender <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Date: Thu, December 01, 2011 11:18 am
> To: email@example.com
> What's On the Blacklist? Three Sites That SOPA Could Put
> Don't let well intended idealists fool you. EFF put
together some details
> regarding unintended consequences and SOPA.
The key sentence is, "To be clear: we don’t believe that the
these websites operate is or should be subject to legal
In other words, the author of this page doesn't believe these
violating copyright laws. But the author is still going to
websites as unintended consequences.
The reason for one website's unintended consequence is
"That’s a problem, because under SOPA, anybody who is a
'holder of an
intellectual property right harmed by the activities' of even
of the site, could serve Etsy’s payment processors with a
require them to suspend Etsy’s service within 5 days."
I can't make any sense out of this. Explain again why SOPA
Etsy at risk?
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