Blogger Receives Damages for False Copyright Infringement Takedown Notice

Court awards first-ever damages for false copyright infringement takedown notice (Steptoe, 12 March 2015) – The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, in Automattic Inc. v. Nick Steiner , has awarded total damages of $25,084 to a blogger and the operator of blogging platform for “lost work and time” spent responding to a fraudulent takedown notice for copyright infringement. This appears to be the first time a court has awarded such damages under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, given the difficulty of demonstrating that such false claims are knowingly made.


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