11 May

Microsoft is invoking the Digital Millennium Copyright Act to get Slashdot to remove posts that MS claims violate its copyright. Whether the posts in question violate copyright is debatable — most of them seem to be fair commentary. Jon Katz points out:

“Under the worst provisions of the DMCA, you don’t even have to prove copyright infringement, just allege it… and the ISP can only avoid liability by booting the offenders or deleting the allegedly offensive material.”

Does that scare you? Maybe it should. Read the law for yourself, or read an overview.

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