jecasc - 11:00 pm on Feb 24, 2012 (gmt 0)
Are website owners who outsource content writing to third party professional writers not protect by the Safe Harbor provision if they comply with DMCA Takedown notice?
Safe harbor protects service providers from liability for the activities of its users or customers. If you run a forum and a user posts infringing content you are protected.
A writer you hire is not a user or customer of a service you provide. If you post content on your own website yourself or hire others to post content on your own website you are liable for what you publish.
That would be a little to easy if companies could simply copy content and then blame it on Mr John Doe the mystery writer they hired a few years back and who unfortunately has dissapeared.
You can get some more info on Safe Harbor here: