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DMCA Automation Working Group at OVC 2011

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be rolling out details about this year’s Open Video Conference, which takes place September 10-12th. We kick off today by sharing details of a DMCA Automation working group led by Tim Hwang of the Robot Robot & Hwang. Read on, and register today to take advantage of early bird rates.

So you’ve just made an awesome new video that you posted on your favorite video hosting site, YouTube,, Vimeo etc. It’s got music, fully edited, cool camera shots, the works. You share it with all of your friends online and hope that after day or so your hits will ramp up and you might even get some good comments and feedback.

The next day comes around and you get a bunch of replies from friends who are telling you that the video didn’t load. Upon inspection you find that your video has been removed via something called a DMCA takedown. And you might ask yourself, “who or what is the DMCA and how can they just simply remove my hard work off the web?”

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) is a U.S. copyright law that is set in place for the purpose of protecting the properties of copyright owners. DMCA takedowns are a method employed by the copyright owners who work with your ISP to remove any and all content that may be infringing on their copyright.

The problem here is that it doesn’t just include content that is definitely infringing but also content that might or might not be infringing. That doesn’t sound very fair, does it? The issue is that at present, there is very little being done to properly moderate these takedowns. As a result more than just infringing content is disappearing from the web. This issue is not just about having a moderating system but making content producers, like you, aware of what is infringing and what isn’t.

We’re planning to change all that at OVC 2011. Instead of playing a guessing game on what will fly and what is copyrighted, we’ll be building and launching a user friendly wizard to walk you through and evaluate if your video is infringing.

But that isn’t all. If you determine that your video isn’t infringing, we’ll be building the tools to put the power to resist in your hands. The platform will enable you to easily take legal action against trolls by making it easy to file DMCA counternotices, and even allow you to pre-load videos to automatically fire off counternotices in the event that the video is taken down.

In a phrase: it’s gonna be awesome.

The project is going to take place at OVC 2011 and the team will consist of legal professionals and developers and led by Tim Hwang. Formally a researcher at Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Hwang has lead many successful web culture projects such as ROFLCon, The Awesome Foundation for the Arts and Sciences and is currently Chief Scientist at the Pacific Social Architecting Corporation.

Join us this year from September 10th—12th at the New York Law School to take part in this and other cool working groups. Click here for registration and details.

One Response to “DMCA Automation Working Group at OVC 2011”

  1. Steve Parry says:

    Thank the maker. It’s about time the supers powers got some justice. It is easy to write a prgrm with very tight parameters, these programs knock 90% of us out and take the fun out of creativity. This looks awsome and you can count me in. I see there are some clever guy’s behind this.

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