Time to Rethink Copyright Safe Harbors? 2017 in Review

Platform safe harbors have been in the crosshairs of copyright industry lobbyists throughout 2017. All year EFF has observed them advancing their plans around the world to weaken or eliminate the legal protections that have enabled the operation of platforms as diverse as YouTube, the Internet Archive, Reddit, Medium, and many thousands more. Copyright safe harbor rules empower these platforms by ensuring that they are free to host user-uploaded content, without manually vetting it (or, worse, automatically filtering it) for possible copyright infringements. Without that legal protection, it would be impossible for such platforms to operate as they do today. In May this year we heard recording industry representatives call copyright safe harbor a greater threat to their industry than piracy. But that alarming claim isn't based in reality. In most countries that have copyright safe harbors, a platform comes under a responsibility to remove copyright-infringing content of…

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