Websites “Not Doing Enough” To Remove Copyrighted Content

One of the internet’s biggest websites is facing criticism for not doing more to tackle intellectual property infringement.

Facebook is facing a backlash from right holders who are concerned that their content, in particular videos, is being posted without permission.

This becomes a real problem when celebrities share videos which have gone viral and may be seen by tens of millions of fans within a matter of days.

Since some stars make money on the number of clicks they receive, there is a worry that they are effectively profiting from someone else’s work.

While it is difficult to quantify exactly how much copyrighted material is shared on the social networking website, those whose work has been posted have been highly critical of the sluggish response in removing content which they own the rights to.

Video creator Jay Lichtenberger said in a recent interview that he had reported some pages a dozen times for copyright infringement and while individual posts are eventually taken down, the profiles that hosted them remain.

In response to the concerns, a Facebook spokesman said: “Our Statement of Rights and Responsibilities prohibits users from posting content that violates another party’s intellectual property rights.

“No content or ads may include content that infringes upon or violates the rights of any third party, and upon notice of such impermissible content, we stand ready to respond including by removing the content from Facebook.”

The most recent cases will fuel the debate about how best to update intellectual property laws to meet the needs of the digital age.


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Maung Aye
Maung is a partner in our Corporate and Commercial department. He joined Mackrell Turner Garrett following corporate law positions in London and in a leading regional firm in Essex.
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