U.S. Supreme Court Wants Government’s Take on Copyright Takedown Case 

The U.S. Supreme Court wants to hear more about the legal issues underpinning a dispute over a takedown notice sent to a mother who posted a 29-second video clip on YouTube of her toddler dancing to Prince’s 1984 hit, “Let’s Go Crazy.”

The high court hasn’t yet granted review of the nearly decade-old dispute between Stephanie Lenz and Universal Music, but on Monday in a strong sign that the justices are at least entertaining the possibility, they invited the U.S. Solicitor General to express the government’s viewpoint about this case.

Source: U.S. Supreme Court Wants Government’s Take on Copyright Takedown Case | Hollywood Reporter


Who Polices the Internet?

The overwhelming majority of notices sent to Google are sent by a small group of copyright owners. The top 10% of senders are responsible for well over 90% of notices, and this group is also responsible for the large increase in notices being sent over the last five years.

Importantly, each notice can contain thousands of requests for individual URLs to be removed. When we look at discrete URLs, we see that the top 0.1% of copyright owners are responsible for most takedown requests. This proportionally tiny group currently requests that Google remove over 76 million URLs per month, compared to approximately 50,000 URLs per month for the bottom 99.9%. These massive numbers are attributable to the use of automated notice sending systems, which are used frequently by higher volume notice senders.

Source: Who Polices the Internet?