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Tuesday, October 26, 2004

DMCA, Protector Of Fair Use

No, really! Fred von Lohman explains:

Watch for more ISPs and Internet publishers to invoke ยง512(f) to vindicate their fair use rights in court. Armed with an affirmative cause of action, as well as a mandatory fee shifting statute, fair users may find themselves magically transformed from defendants into plaintiffs, entitled to bring litigation on their own terms against copyright owners who fail to think twice before sending out DMCA takedown notices.

Very good for bloggers, as you've not doubt already discerned; Mary Hodder's posts from last year provide the context. (Love the line at the top of Mary's blog right now: "No, you don't have to pick up spam off the floor.")

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