[LINK] Scribd's Opt-Out Copyright Schema
Roger.Clarke at xamax.com.au
Tue Sep 14 12:52:07 EST 2010
[I wonder how this approach measures up against the expectations of
the copyright-and-corporate-welfare-dependent mega-corps.
[It's a kind of opt-out applied to copyright infringement.
[Oh, and CMS now means Content and/or Copyright Management System ...
[(I tripped over the site while looking up one of my own papers - a
copy of which is up there, in probable breach of the copyright
licensing terms; but I have better things to do with my time, so I
Copyright Management System
Scribd thrives on the diverse contributions of its community, who
share everything from short stories and recipes to original music
We make it very clear, however, that we do not want unauthorized
works on our site. To help prevent the upload of unauthorized works
onto Scribd, we have created the Scribd Copyright Management System
(CMS), a technology and set of best practices. Scribd CMS is the
best-if not the only-integrated system of technology and policies of
its kind and goes beyond the requirements set forth by U.S., UK and
Here's how it works:
* All uploads checked: Every document uploaded to Scribd is
compared to the CMS database. If someone tries to upload a document
that our system identifies as one of the tens of thousands of works
in our CMS database (with more added daily), that document is
automatically removed from Scribd.
* How we populate the database:
* Automated past protection: Each time Scribd receives a
DMCA-compliant takedown request from a copyright holder, we quickly
remove the unauthorized document and add a unique reference file
corresponding to that document to our copyright database, deleting
previously-uploaded copies of the same work identified by the system.
* Automated future protection: We also urge authors and publishers
to proactively add the text of their work to the Scribd CMS. Click
here to upload your original works to the copyright management system.
* Swift action for policy offenders: On every document upload page,
there is a prominent warning message and mandatory check box
displayed to help ensure that people understand and comply with
Scribd's Terms of Service. Repeat copyright infringers are banned
* Alliance of websites: Our goal is to help extend the same
protections copyright holders have on Scribd across a number of
different sites. With that in mind, Scribd is prepared to share its
copyright-management technology with other document-sharing websites
that are interested in preventing uploads of unauthorized material.
More to come, stay tuned!
While the technology is not yet perfect, we are constantly working to
improve it. As our reference database grows larger over time, our
system is becoming noticeably smarter and faster. We will continue to
build features and best practices that give copyright holders more
choice and control over how their works appear, if at all, on Scribd.
* Submit a DMCA takedown request
* File a DMCA counter-notice
* Add your document(s) to Scribd's CMS
Roger Clarke http://www.rogerclarke.com/
Xamax Consultancy Pty Ltd 78 Sidaway St, Chapman ACT 2611 AUSTRALIA
Tel: +61 2 6288 1472, and 6288 6916
mailto:Roger.Clarke at xamax.com.au http://www.xamax.com.au/
Visiting Professor in the Cyberspace Law & Policy Centre Uni of NSW
Visiting Professor in Computer Science Australian National University
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