I recently posted an article on Ed Felten’s group blog, Freedom to Tinker, which covers both technical and policy-related I.T. issues. It describes some technical issues and my recent experience with DMCA enforcement agencies, BitTorrent, and CoralCDN. I think our readers would be interested in it as well, as well as join in the lively conversation among commenters.
In the past few weeks, Ed has been writing about targeted and inaccurate copyright enforcement. While it may be difficult to quantify the actual extent of inaccurate claims, we can at least try to understand whether copyright enforcement companies are making a “good faith” best effort to minimize any false positives. My short answer: not really.
Let’s start with a typical abuse letter that gets sent to a network provider (in this case, a university) from a “copyright enforcement” company such as the Video Protection Alliance.
The rest of the article can be found here.