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Washington Journal of Law, Technology & Arts

Abstract

In Rossi v. Motion Picture Association of America Inc., the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently held that the notice and takedown provision of the DMCA requires a subjective “good faith” belief that a website is infringing copyrighted material, and not an objective showing by the complaining party. A subjective standard for notice and takedown may do less to promote collaboration between service providers and copyright owners, judicial economy, or fair website management than would an objective standard requiring a minimal degree of investigation. This article concludes, however, that a subjective standard is supported by the literal wording of the statute and results in a cautious approach to protecting copyright owners.

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