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WordPress Developer, Automattic, Wins Case Over False DMCA Claim

     
10:51 am on Mar 10, 2015 (gmt 0)

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It can be expensive for those that think submitting false DMCA claims is a way of censorship .

Automattic, the company behind blogging site WordPress.com, has won a symbolic but important victory against censorship under the guise of copyright enforcement. Last week, a California court ordered defunct political group Straight Pride UK to pay around $25,000 for telling WordPress.com to take down an interview with a student journalist, falsely claiming to hold a copyright on the material. While the group has apparently all but disappeared, it's a strike against an unfortunately common tactic: abusing automated takedown systems in order to make bad press go away. WordPress Developer, Automattic, Wins Case Over False DMCA Claims [theverge.com]
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DMCA was abused in this case, I am happy they fought back - and won the judgement even if the payment is unlikely. The perp will have that over his head to limit opportunities and credibility.
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Of course, the real problem is organizations like the RIAA that have very flawed automated systems submitting millions of requests, many with no merit.
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Question - How do non-US publishers fight bad DMCA takedowns without incurring significant legal costs?
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@shri - Without changing the topic here I can only suggest you visit ChillingEffects: [webmasterworld.com...] and research responses.

A Takedown occurs by default when a compliant host receives a DMCA complaint. They need to supply a copy to you if your site was affected and you have opportunity to respond. If you want to take this further, please start a new thread and it can be addressed better.
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Question - How do non-US publishers fight bad DMCA takedowns without incurring significant legal costs?


File a counterclaim (assumes "bad" means you are the rightful copyright holder). Cost nothing.
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We are going through this now (the reverse of this thread) I'm settling for $19,500 just to get this over. But will have the attorneys litigate if we must.

The lawyers are the only potential winners.
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defunct political group Straight Pride UK


Are they real? I thought they were a spoof - their Twitter stream certainly read like one.

As far as I can see the case seems to concern a manual false claim, and may not affect automated ones.
 

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