Bloggers, WordPress.com stand up to fight questionable DMCA takedown notices

21 Nov

UK journalist, Retraction Watch sue for damages under alleged false DMCA claim.

by Cyrus Farivar

Automattic, the parent company of WordPress.com, and two of its users have sued two defendants who attempted to use American copyright law to remove online speech critical of their actions.

In a pair of lawsuits filed Thursday in the Northern District of California, Automattic cites a provision of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) which requires copyright owners to pay damages when overreaching on copyright claims. However, as we’ve reported before, it’s pretty tough to get damages paid under Section 512(f).

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