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Re: [vox] What's On the Blacklist? Three Sites That SOPA Could Putat Risk [EFF]
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Re: [vox] What's On the Blacklist? Three Sites That SOPA Could Putat Risk [EFF]

I read that as EFF saying "we don't believe websites that let users post potentially copyright infringing content should be subject to legal threat, but under the new law they will be".

If I start an Etsy shop reselling goods from Acme and use Acme's original copyrighted product photos, Etsy could be at risk, even if they don't reasonably have a way to automatically filter out that content. Etsy is then put in a position where they have to put unreasonable controls on the majority of non-copyright-infringing customers to prevent potential legal action.

Acme could always ask Etsy to remove the copyright-infringing content, but with the new law they could go straight to the payment processor and prevent Etsy from collecting funds they might need to continue running, regardless of the eventual outcome of the investigation.

If I'm understanding it correctly, this means that any of us that one day start a site where users can freely post photos, text (copyrighted lyrics/slogans/etc.) would also be at risk. Sites like Tumblr that host blogs for many users are very concerned about the law for this reason.

On Thu, Dec 1, 2011 at 11:44 AM, <timriley@appahost.com> wrote:
> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject: [vox] What's On the Blacklist? Three Sites That SOPA Could Put
> at Risk † † † [EFF]
> From: Brian Lavender <brian@brie.com>
> Date: Thu, December 01, 2011 11:18 am
> To: vox@lists.lugod.org
> What's On the Blacklist? Three Sites That SOPA Could Put at Risk
> https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2011/11/whats-blacklist-three-sites-sopa-could-put-risk
> Don't let well intended idealists fool you. EFF put together some details
> regarding unintended consequences and SOPA.

The key sentence is, "To be clear: we donít believe that the way
these websites operate is or should be subject to legal threat."

In other words, the author of this page doesn't believe these websites
violating copyright laws. But the author is still going to present these
websites as unintended consequences.

The reason for one website's unintended consequence is described as,
"Thatís a problem, because †under SOPA, anybody who is a 'holder of an
intellectual property right harmed by the activities' of even a portion
of the site, could serve Etsyís payment processors with a notice that
require them to suspend Etsyís service within 5 days."

I can't make any sense out of this. Explain again why SOPA could put
Etsy at risk?


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