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ColdFront

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  2. <DOCUMENT>
  3.   <HEAD>
  4.     _____      _     _ ______               _  
  5.    / ____|    | |   | |  ____|             | |  
  6.   | |     ___ | | __| | |__ _ __ ___  _ __ | |_
  7.   | |    / _ \| |/ _` |  __| '__/ _ \| '_ \| __|
  8.   | |___| (_) | | (_| | |  | | | (_) | | | | |_
  9.    \_____\___/|_|\__,_|_|  |_|  \___/|_| |_|\__|
  10.   https://www.chillingeffects.org + "Think globally, act locally" = ColdFront
  11.   </HEAD>
  12.   <DISCLAIMER>
  13.     This is merely an idea I had; I do not know if it has any merit.
  14.   </DISCLAIEMR>
  15.   <ABSTRACT>
  16.     A system integrated with a website to handle DMCA Takedown Notices in a
  17.     wholly transparent way while also providing notice to users.
  18.   </ABSTRACT>
  19.   <MOTIVATION>
  20.     To design a system for responding to DMCA Takedown Notices in a manner that is:
  21.     - Transparent: Nothing goes unseen where legally permitted
  22.     - Fair: Both content owners and our users will be treated fairly; since DMCA
  23.       strongly favors the content owners, we emphasize our users' rights to balance
  24.       the scales
  25.     - Supportive of human rights: If automated and/or false DMCA requests are received,
  26.       even if we mistakenly follow the process, nobody is immediately silenced and the
  27.       entire community is alerted to the existence of the threat. In the case of header
  28.       fraud to falsely file DMCA requests to silence someone (a form of cyber bullying)
  29.       the IP addresses will be public so that, if we are fooled, it's public knowledge
  30.       that we were fooled.
  31.   </MOTIVATION>
  32.   <PROCESS>
  33.     1. Someone sends a DMCA Takedown Notice
  34.     2. A new database entry in `dmca_takedowns` is created with the entire email
  35.        (with full headers)
  36.     3. All infringing material are linked in the database to that takedown notice
  37.        which adds a message saying "A DMCA Takedown notice has been filed for this
  38.        [article/video/song/whatever]."
  39.     4. All "authors" of the content are notified of the DMCA request by internal
  40.        message and by email of the DMCA Takedown Notice, which will include the
  41.        phone numbers and email addresses for ACLU, NLG, et al. should they wish to
  42.        file a counter-notice (which will also be public if sent to us, by adding
  43.        an entry to `dmca_counternotice` which is linked to the notice ID)
  44.     5. A public index of pending (and resolved) DMCA Takedown Notices will be main-
  45.        tained which include the full emails and all affected content
  46.     6. The maximum amount of time legally permitted (designated $lead) will elapse
  47.        to allow the original authors ample time to organize a counter-notice
  48.     7. If no counter-notice is filed after $lead we will either amend or disable the
  49.        public availability of the content. The `dmca_takedown` entry will be marked
  50.        as "Taken Down"
  51.     8. If a counter-notice is filed, we will disable the content after $lead days
  52.        and mark the `dmca_takedown` entry as "Counter-notice filed" to comply with
  53.        [my understanding of the law], then wait 14 days for the filer to respond to
  54.        file a lawsuit (during which time we will be in contact with the authors who
  55.        filed counter-notice).
  56.     9. If after 14 days no lawsuit was filed, the takedown notice will be marked as
  57.        "14 days expired without lawsuit" and the content will remain visible (but
  58.        still be indexed on a separate page for "failed" DMCA Takedowns)
  59.     10. If we receive notification that a lawsuit has been filed, we disable access
  60.         to the material and mark it as "Lawsuit Pending"
  61.        <!--
  62.        In total, I anticipate 3 pages consisting of 2 lists, 2 list, and 1 list
  63.        respectively:
  64.          1. The front page will list:
  65.             A. New DMCA Takedown Notices
  66.             B. Counter-notice Filed
  67.          2. There will be a "taken down" page for the sake of transparency
  68.             A. Successful takedowns
  69.             B. Content disabled, pending the outcome of a lawsuit
  70.          3. There will be a "failed" page that lists unsuccessful takedown
  71.             requests for the sake of transparency
  72.        -->
  73.   </PROCESS>
  74.   <NOTE TYPE="Hypothetical requirements for this system that may or may not match the law">
  75.     - Inform people looking to file DMCA requests that this information will be
  76.       published and the content will be indexed publicly on the page with the
  77.       contact information for DMCA requests (so they cannot claim ignorance or
  78.       call foul at the publication) (?)
  79.     - Inform DMCA requesters that if they wish to not have their takedown notice
  80.       published or indexed, they should instead obtain a court order signed by a
  81.       judge (?)
  82.     - If a takedown notice isn't specific or doesn't use the correct language, a
  83.       request for clarification or correct formatting will be sent and all emails
  84.       exchanged will be included (unless a court order is provided) (?)
  85.   </NOTE>
  86.   <COMPLICATIONS>
  87.      I. I do not know the time period $lead permitted by the DMCA before taking
  88.         down content
  89.     II. I do not know if it's legal to publish takedown notices, or what must be
  90.         redacted from the publication
  91.    III. I cannot afford to hire an attorney just to throw these ideas at and get
  92.         legal advice, because I'm a broke college student :P
  93.   </COMPLICATIONS>
  94. </DOCUMENT>
  95. <!--
  96.  This is an idea I had for a website, and I'm no lawyer. If anyone could critique
  97.  the idea, I would appreciate it.
  98. -->
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