Changes between Version 18 and Version 19 of legal


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Jul 5, 2013, 1:43:00 PM (7 years ago)
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    1 = Digital Millennium Copyright Act =
     1= Legal threats to May First/People Link =
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    3 This page describes May First/People Links experience with copyright law and our political position on the matter.
     3== Overview ==
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    5 The [WikiPedia:Dmca Digital Millennium Copyright Act] is a US law that governs, among other things, the publication of material on Internet that include copyright infringements.
     5This page describes May First/People Links experience with receiving legal threats and our political position on the matter.
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     7By far the most common threat we receive invokes the [WikiPedia:Dmca Digital Millennium Copyright Act]. The DMCA is a US law that governs, among other things, the publication of material on Internet that include copyright infringements.
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    79In short, the impact of this law on May First/People Link is that
     
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    1315As you can gather from these three points, the law makes it very clear to any provider of Internet services: if you get a legal take down notice from a lawyer claiming that material on your site is infringing on their copyright, you should take it down first and ask questions later. The impact of this law is devastating for activists. We've heard numerous stories of organizations that have had their web sites taken down at critical points during their campaigns based on spurious claims of copyright infringement.
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     17== Examples ==
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    1519Over the last several years, May First/People Link has been impacted by this law on several different occasions described below.
     
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    2933 * [http://theyesmen.org/blog/apple-reacts Apple Conflict Free]. In November 2010, Apple Computer sent a [https://support.mayfirst.org/attachment/wiki/dmca/apple-dmca-notice.txt DMCA take down notice] to Hurricane Electric in response to a faux web site from the Yes Men advertising a new model of the iPhone that was developed without ravaging Democratic Republic of the Congo. After consultation, the Yes Men decided to voluntarily take the site down.
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     35 * [http://rt.com/usa/yes-men-bank-people-510/ The Yes Men] released a fake Bank of America web site in April 2012. Although we didn't get any legal notices, we did receive a phone message from the head of security at BOA. It was a very urgent request to speak with us, but when we returned the call he said they didn't need to speak with us after all. Did he realize it was a prank? Google didn't - they promptly listed the fake BOA web site as a phishing site (a phishing site is one that tries to entice you to enter your usesrname and password in a fake site so they can capture them and re-use them on the real site). Of course, it was not a phishing site, but the fact that it was a bank seems to have given Google the green light to omit it from any search results.
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     37 * Also in April 2012, [https://mayfirst.org/fbi-attacks-anonymous-speech the FBI seized a Riseup server] in our colocation cabinet. Apparently, an anonymous re-mailer on the server was used to send a bomb threat to a university in Pittsburgh. The seizure happened after we received a subpoena to turn over all data on and about the server. Since the server was administered by Riseup, and they used encrypted disks, we had nothing to turn over.