512(f) Claim Dismissed on Jurisdictional Grounds–Project DoD v. Federici

31 12 2009

By Eric Goldman

Project DOD, Inc. v. Federici, 2009 WL 4910320 (D. Me. Dec. 13, 2009)

17 USC 512(f) creates a cause of action for sending bogus copyright takedown notices. In a regulatory environment where service providers have itchy trigger fingers, it is crucial to suppress bogus takedown notices or the entire notice-and-takedown scheme becomes easily corrupted. Unfortunately, 512(f) cases have not fared well in the courts, and this one fails (at least temporarily) on procedural grounds. Nevertheless, the case illustrates the challenges faced by service providers dealing with copyright owners who freak out.


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