Fang Talks

Praise be to ~zod.

So I dug into this whole copyright infringement on the internet thing today, and boy, is it complicated.

I need to know whether or not the administrator of a website is always, without exception, responsible for the content users upload or not, and what clauses are connected to this. Some sources say you’re always fucked, others tell me there’s some sneaky way around it.

Ugh, internet. I just don’t want some big company to sue my ass over something one of my visitors uploaded. I just hope the final answer I come up with is that if I state they’re not allowed to in the Terms of Use, and that the user is responsible for their own stuff, then that is actually the lawful case.

I don’t think this’ll yield much results, but if any of you folks know the answer to this, then please say so in the comments!
~ Fang


  • 03/08/2012 (2:31 PM)

    Not too sure about copyrights, but in terms of stuff uploaded by other users, over here you can get into trouble this way:

    Say I post an article on my blog about a political issue in my country – say concerning the prime minister. Then comes along this person whom I don’t know who decides that they’d say something in the comments section regarding the prime minister, but what she or he says is rather scandalous. As the owner of the blog, I can be investigated for a comment that I have no control of.

  • 03/08/2012 (8:51 AM)

    Or else? you being sued? :D

  • 03/08/2012 (7:03 AM)

    I’ve heard a lot that you’re screwed 100%, no matter what. But I expect some sneaky way around. Sorry if I’m no help. I have not much knowledge in this.

  • 03/08/2012 (12:08 AM)

    I’m pretty sure that if you state that it is not to be used for copyrighted material then you’re okay. I THINK. A lot of file sharing programs make you declare that. Though of course, no one really listens to it. I guess that you could always try and find the Megaupload terms of service. The owner of there, Kim Dotcom, is in a lot of trouble and is basically being held responsible for what his users uploaded. Even when they did have strict copyright infringement policies and deleted copyrighted material when it was reported. Anyway, I wouldn’t be surprised if this was something no one knew the right answer to.

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