EFF: Viacom-You Tube lawsuit threatens DMCA “Safe Harbors”
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and a coalition of advocacy groups filed an Amicus (friend of the court) brief Thursday, arguing that the infringement claims made by Viacom in the appeal of Viacom v. YouTube threaten the “safe harbor” provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The EFF argues that services like YouTube have enabled political and other speech to flourish online. Citing the in protests across the Middle East, the EFF fears that user-generated expression could face stifling litigation, which would encourage content-blocking or even the shutting down the services.
“If the DMCA safe harbors are undermined in the way Viacom and the other content companies would like, the free flow of information will be seriously threatened,” said EFF Senior Staff Attorney Abigail Phillips. ”
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