OP-ED: Righting Incentives to Combat Online Piracy

Inside Sources – Kristian Stout, ICLE’s Director of Innovation Policy, and Neil Fried, former Chief Communications and Technology Counsel to the House Energy and Commerce Committee, authored an op-ed for Inside Sources on possible ways forward on Section 512 reform.  You can read the full piece here.

It would not be reasonable for service providers to be held culpable for every possible misuse of copyright material in the vast amount of user-generated content they carry. That would create massive risk of lawsuits, with ill effects for internet users and even for copyright holders who benefit from the legal distribution of their content.

But proper safe harbors should encourage online companies to help prevent copyright content from being improperly disseminated in the first place. For example, such rules could encourage online companies to license content upfront, which they can do more easily than copyright holders can with each of the service providers’ many users.