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The $105 Fix That Could Protect You From Copyright-Troll Lawsuits

Read More: http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2010/10/dmca-righthaven-loo...

Call it ingenious, call it evil or call it a little of both: Copyright troll Righthaven is exploiting a loophole in intellectual property law, suing websites that might have avoided any trace of civil liability had they spent a mere $105.

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If you run a U.S. blog or a community site that accepts user content, you can register a DMCA agent by downloading this form (.pdf) and sending $105 and the form to Copyright RRP, Box 71537, Washington, D.C., 20024.

Read More: http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2010/10/dmca-righthaven-loo...




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I can't believe Righthaven

I worked for a few years for a copyright attorney. The first thing we always did was send a "Cease and Desist" letter. That is the way business is conducted in the copyright business.

I know you can sue someone over anything, but I cannot believe these attorneys are getting away without following protocol and not getting put on notice by the bar association.

nobody should have to pay

nobody should have to pay that if they're a US site, hosting by a US company.

ALL US hosting companies are quite easy to contact, and upstream providers have a great reputation of complying with DMCA notices.

For this reason, the $105 fee isn't meant for every site, every webmaster, every domain, but for all agents and umbrella organizations which can act on the behalf of their (ignorant) customers.

The fact Righthaven NEVER EVER EVEN tried to contact people with DMCA makes this issue entirely irrelevant (they managed to bother finding if people registered, ha)

Bump

Very interesting info.

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