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4chan website starts to comply with US Copyright legislation

Written by Rehana Ali on 26 September 2014

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For those if you that are not aware 4chan is a free image bulletin board where anyone can post images and comments, there are boards for various diffirent topics and users do not need to register an account before they upload images.

This month (for the first time in its history) the website introduced a policy that complied with copyright rules as defined by the American Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The site was in the news recently as it was the place where hundreds of naked celebrity selfies were posted.

The new policy

Sets out a procedure whereby copyright holders can send a DMCA takedown notice to the websites administrators, this informs the website that one of their users has uploaded material that breaches anothers copyright and essentially warns them if they do not take down the material they face legal action.

The importance of websites in the US having a DCMA policy

A DCMA policy will assist a website to gain “safe harbour” protection form legal action and in essence deflects responsibility for the user generated content. (In the UK we have a similar legislation as introduced by the Electronic Commerce Directive ECD).

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