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    Jennifer Elgin is a shareholder at Bean, Kinney & Korman focusing her practice in intellectual property with emphasis on trademark and copyright clearance/selection, registration, enforcement, litigation and licensing ...

Negative online reviews, social media trolls, defamation claims, non-disparagement agreements - these topics and other legal and PR related concerns were discussed at our first Internet Defamation briefing.

December 21, 2017
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The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) provides safe harbors from copyright infringement liability for certain kinds of online service providers — for example, websites that allow users to post or store material on their systems. If a provider is in compliance with the statute, it will be shielded from liability for infringing materials posted by third parties on their site.

In order to qualify for safe harbor protections, providers must designate an agent to receive “take down” notifications of claimed copyright infringement. These websites also must post take down information on their websites (usually, in their Terms of Use) to take advantage of the safe harbors.