State Censorship by Copyright? Spanish Firm Abuses DMCA to Silence Critics of Ecuador’s Government | Electronic Frontier Foundation

In the 16 years since the Digital Millennium Copyright Act DMCA was passed into law, we’ve seen all sorts of abuse and unintended consequences stemming from its more lopsided clauses. The safe harbors it creates for Internet service providers have provided useful protections for service providers, but the takedown process it authorizes makes it too easy for bad actors to shut down legitimate speech. This is a clear example of that kind of abuse. Ares Rights has found a way to take advantage of US law in order to remove content that originated in Ecuador. According to state-run media outlets, there is no relationship between Ecuadorian officials and Ares Rights and yet the firm continues to send these notices on behalf of those individuals and agencies. It seems that either Ares Rights or the Ecuadorian government is lying about what’s actually going on.

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