Tuesday May 29, 2012

Should Websites Charge To Process Copyright Takedowns?

Charging a fee to process copyright takedowns is quite possibly one of the stupidest things I have heard in a long time. Seriously?

Every day copyright holders send out countless notices which order BitTorrent indexes, cyberlockers, forums, blogs and search engines to remove links to allegedly infringing content. The process is time consuming for everyone involved. So, since time is money, shouldn’t those being burdened by the actions of third parties be compensated for their work? One anti-piracy company says charging for takedowns amounts to extortion.