We've had numerous stories concerning Brazilian service providers, such as Google, being held liable
for messages created by third parties. Brazil, apparently, had no concept of a safe harbor for third party liability. However, that's apparently on the verge of changing -- and it might even be changing in a smart way. While an earlier proposal
would have required service providers to take down pretty much any content under a notice-and-takedown system, similar to what the US has for copyright in the DMCA, complaints about the possible impact this would have on free speech appear to have been listened to. The latest proposal moves away from a notice-and-takedown regime to one where service providers would only need to take down content under a court order
. In other words, people just complaining by themselves, with no judicial oversight, cannot force a site to take content offline:
An Internet service provider shall only be held responsible for damages resulting from content created by a third party if, after receiving a related court order, it does not take measures to render unavailable (within the scope of its services and within the timeframe specified) the content identified as infringing.
That seems significantly more reasonable than traditional notice-and-takedown schemes that are widely abused. It would be nice if the US could move to a similar thing for copyrights as well to avoid the serious First Amendment problems
with a notice-and-takedown system.