Trademark News & Screw-ups Mozilla’s EU Policy Manager: EU’s Copyright Reform is ‘a dysfunctional proposal’

If at the dawn of Internet, platforms and ISPs actually demonstrated SOME willingness to cooperate with rightholders in defending their IP against blatant piracy, we would find ourselves in a completely different, much more reasonable, world where the parties are not trying to extinguish one another but find a way to maximize the value for everyone. Instead, what we've got is a situation when platforms and ISPs claim that they should bear no responsibility for anything done by their users and a bunch of IP-haters who—as a result of rightholders' inability to effectively chase each and every user individually—claiming that intellectual property doesn't work. In my perfect world, platforms and ISPs need to be liable for what their users do—unless they take quick and active steps to respond to allegations of infringement. I don't think they should be required to filters needles in the haystack, but they should be required to have SOME capacity for filtering off content that is known to be infringing. The standard here? Very simple. Let's use Flickr as the example, as the article does. Imagine if there was a picture that contained some sensitive information about Flickr's founders. What measures would Flickr take to not have it distributed through Flickr? These would be the measures you'd expect them to take for other people's content. Plain and simple.

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