20
Sep
08

who is responsible for online content?

In 1998, when the DMCA was passed, the debate among Congress was: Should Internet service providers be held responsible if a user posts content that infringes upon someone else’s rights?

If they were to be held liable for users’ content, then they may not offer that service. Blogger, YouTube, etc. may not exist if held responsible.

The catch: Internet service providers must be sure to appoint a DMCA “agent,” and register that person with the copyright office.

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