Overly Aggressive Automated Takedowns Hit Scribd

from the though,-they-corrected-it dept

Scribd has come under some totally mistargeted criticism for being a supposed haven of book piracy. The company is clearly protected by DMCA safe harbors, and appears to work extra hard to deal with any infringement found on its platform. Part of that is an automated system that will take down content it believes is infringing. And, as we've seen with automated takedowns on others sites, sometimes it gets a little too aggressive. The folks over at Against Monopoly point out that it took down a copy of Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations, a book most of you would agree is very much in the public domain at this point. To Scribd's credit, the company quickly admitted the error (saying it was a technical error) and corrected it. But, still, it shows the dangers of such automated systems. They certainly don't do a good job dealing with fair use cases, and they often have problems with the public domain as well.


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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 9th, 2009 @ 7:25pm

    DMCA Being Used to Censor NOM (anti-gay group) critics?

    "HRC releases audition tapes of ‘Gathering Storm’ actors." Note that the YouTube videos of the auditions have apparently been pulled from YouTube due to a copyright claim by NOM, the group whose political views are being attacked.

     

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    ChurchHatesTucker (profile), Apr 9th, 2009 @ 7:31pm

    Hey!

    Adam Smith has descendants! Are you saying they shouldn't get paid for his hard work?! Haven't they earned it?!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 9th, 2009 @ 7:48pm

    OMG! A mistake was made..by software no less! Time to hoof it over to Congress and get copyright law stricken from the books.

     

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    Weird Harold, Apr 9th, 2009 @ 7:52pm

    Re:

    Burn the servers! Damn things, nothing but trouble!

     

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    ChurchHatesTucker (profile), Apr 9th, 2009 @ 8:05pm

    Re:

    OMG! A mistake was made..by software no less! Time to hoof it over to Congress and get copyright law stricken from the books.

    I think you're trying to be funny, but that's a cogent argument in my book.

     

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    RD, Apr 9th, 2009 @ 8:07pm

    right

    FUCK YOU WEIRD HAROLD!

    Yes, lets not EVER question the almighty copyright of your lord and masters. To question is to advocate FREE!

    Sometimes, laws ARE WRONG. Sometimes, people ABUSE them. And people should ALWAYS question the validity, ESPECIALLY when they are clearly wrong.

    You fucking retard.

     

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    Analyst (profile), Apr 9th, 2009 @ 8:10pm

    Better than ...

    An occassional, easily repairable software glich is better than participating in a shambles like the one going on in the music industry.

     

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    anon, Apr 9th, 2009 @ 8:24pm

    Re: right

    I don't often agree with W.H., but that's inappropriate.

    Please back up powerful statements with at least some thing other than a plea to morality.

    I do agree with you that I think copyright laws are wrong in their current incarnation. But I don't think they should be entirely done away with.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 9th, 2009 @ 8:25pm

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    sounds good to me

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 10th, 2009 @ 5:59am

    Why would you consider the automated takedown software any different than the mechanism that allows content to be posted?

    What effort does YouTube do to ensure material being posted should be? None. Why should their effort to remove anything be any more?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 10th, 2009 @ 12:42pm

    No Excuse

    Automation is no excuse.

    Where I live it is legal to shoot someone if they are breaking into your house. However, it is illegal to rig up a shotgun to do it automatically. If you do, and it "accidentally" shoots the wrong person, crying that it just a "technical error" isn't going to get you very far.

     

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