George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School

Improving the DMCA's Notice and Takedown System

In conjunction with today’s House Judiciary Committee hearing on the DMCA, CPIP Senior Scholar Prof. Mark Schultz published a critique of the notice and takedown system this morning on AEI’s TechPolicyDaily Blog.

In his critique, Prof. Schultz discusses CPIP’s policy brief by Prof. Bruce Boyden, which details the failures of the DMCA – despite the massive number of takedown notices sent, not a single day goes by when the infringing content is not readily available online. Prof. Schultz also highlights the written testimony of CPIP Fellow Prof. Sean O’Connor, a witness at today’s hearing, who proposes two simple, focused solutions – “notice and stay-down and codified “willful blindness” – to improve the notice and take-down process for all parties involved.