YouTube’s Copy Strike Policy and Abuse of IP Rights

When designing intellectual property laws, the struggle inherent in legislating is designing a law that will ensure that creators and inventors have adequate incentives to continue revealing new knowledge to the public while also not overly limiting the public’s ability to interact with prior works or express their own useful ideas. This balance has been especially difficult in light of the popularization of the Internet, which as a medium inherently promotes and requires the rapid diffusion of knowledge between numerous distant users. The unique problems of the Internet are especially troubling for copyright enforcement. In addition to direct infringers of copyrights being liable for infringement, third parties can also be liable for either contributory infringement or vicarious infringement. Contributory Infringement applies to “one who with knowledge of the infringing activity, induces, causes or materially contributes to the infringing conduct of…

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