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Issues in Using Bots to Send Takedown Notices

We asked University of Idaho College of Law Professor Annemarie Bridy, one of the forefront experts in both DMCA and automated notice sending, about out of control bots, DMCA takedowns’ potential threat to freedom of speech and more.


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Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) takedown notices are sent on behalf of copyright holders to online platforms hosting content the latter are accused of infringing. But in the Google age, things get a bit messy. Bots are often trusted by rights holders in issuing notices, and while in theory this should expedite and maybe even simplify the process, it at times doesn’t.

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