|The platform has just published updated information on the number of piracy takedown notices it receives. So, last year it received about 3,300 DMCA requests, of which 81% were rejected.
One of the most visited sites online, accounting for millions daily pageviews, Reddit is known as the least moderated place ever. The community-focused portal has so-called “subreddits” that are dedicated to multiple specific topics, including online piracy and related issues. Although most of the time published content remains within the boundaries of the law, sometime users post unauthorized material, and therefore Reddit has to respond to takedown requests from copyright owners. Like any other major website, Reddit regularly publishes a transparency report in order to provide the public insight into the DMCA process, where it outlined the number of DMCA requests received and how many of these were found “valid.”
Reddit explains that a valid request must comply with the statutory requirements outlined in the DMCA. If the infringing content is actually hosted on Reddit’s servers, its operators assess whether the existence of such content can fall under “fair use” provision. If it can, Reddit contacts the copyright holder asking for additional information, and only if the claim turns out to be legitimate, it is removed.
However, Reddit doesn’t blindly remove a posting that links to copyrighted material hosted on another website, because links do not generally infringe copyright. This approach clearly differs from that of other companies, including Google, and this is why so many DMCA requests are rejected.
So, according to the 2016 transparency report, Reddit received 3,294 notices in total – which is nothing in comparison with, say, Google. However, the rejection rate is really impressive: Reddit removed content from the site only in 610 instances, which is 19%, efficiently rejecting 81%. This is just the opposite to Google’s results: the search engine removes over 90% of all reported content. Although the number of DMCA requests sent to Reddit is scarce, it’s good to see that the platform carefully reviews them to prevent unwarranted censorship.
Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article.
Tuesday, April 18th, 2017
|It makes me re-think my outlook on reddit. Well done.||
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