WordPress Takes A Stand Against Abuse Of DMCA Takedown Requests

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Torrentfreak reported yesterday that  WordPress has issued a lawsuit demanding $10,000 in compensation to cover damages suffered through a false DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) takedown notice.

WordPress is taking a stand against copyright holders who abuse the DMCA takedown process. The process is abused when people request the takedown of perfectly legal content.

There has been a rapid increase in DMCA takedown notices in recent years, reports Torrentfreak. While most of the request are legitimate, but there are still those who abuse the process which takes up a lot of WordPress’s time and resources.

This lawsuit stems from a particular incident in November 2013 where an individual didn’t appreciate being quoted in an article, and issued a false takedown request to have it removed. As a result, a lawsuit was filed and WordPress hopes to be compensated for the damage caused by the false takedown request.

WordPress explained to the court that as an online service provider it faces “overwhelming and crippling copyright liability” if it fails to take down content. Those who abuse takedown requests because they want to censor critics or competitors have to be stopped.

If the court agrees with WordPress requests, a total of $10,000 in damages and $14,520 in attorneys’ fees,  it will hopefully be a signal that there are consequences to false DMCA takedown requests.

The court is said to reach its decision on this case in a few weeks. Until that time, I’d like to hear what you think.

Should those who abuse DMCA takedown requests face harsh consequences? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section.

Matt Southern

Matt Southern

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Matt Southern is the lead news writer at Search Engine Journal. His passion for helping people in all aspects of online marketing flows through in the expert industry coverage he provides.
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  • http://wpsites.net Brad Dalton

    Absolutely but it goes both ways.

    How can the process be abused when people request the take down of perfectly legal content?

    The DMCA requests are manually reviewed so how are they abused?

  • Jose

    I agree 100% with what WordPress is doing and I am glad that they are doing it.

  • http://www.searchengineoptimisationmarketing.com.au/ Kevin

    Well done WordPress.
    Once precedent is set then it is easier for the next party to act.

    Who defines a false takedown request?

    What are the parameters and could this be used but government to censor free speech?

  • Vineesh.C

    DMCA Takedown is good thing and created for good purpose. But every good thing have opposite reaction and some bad minded peoples misusing the same. Before issuing takedown notice, officials should check in detail.

  • http://technocr.com Rohit Sharma

    I hope WordPress win this, as there are many people who are doing this false claim.

    And most of the request are not manually reviewed, in case of plagiarism they only check the content matching.

    WordPress I am with you ! win this thing.

  • Rank Watch

    Authenticity of the DMCA requests is a big question. Sometimes, businesses make wrong claims and the consequence of the same needs to be borne by the web property which has legal content.