EFF rates companies on willingness to fight ‘copyright and trademark bullies’

Copyright and trademark law are often the weapon of choice when corporate content producers become unhappy with how their works of used, even in cases where such uses are legal.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) yesterday issued a report and scorecard revealing its assessment of how major service providers and social media platforms respond when copyright and trademark holders use those weapons indiscriminately.

From an EFF press release.

EFF examined 13 companies and issued stars if they met the baseline standards for what a service can do to defend its users’ speech against copyright and trademark bullies.  The services could receive a maximum of five stars, based on criteria including publicly documented procedures for responses to DMCA takedown notices and counter-notices, how the services handle trademark disputes, and if the company issued detailed transparency reports.

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Network World Paul McNamara