For creators, especially independent ones, the DMCA takedown process is almost impossible to turn into a useful tool. But for user-generated content sites, policing uploads for copyright infringement is a hugely difficult challenge, and they are routinely accused of turning a blind eye to piracy when they can’t solve the problem themselves. One possible solution, used by sites like YouTube, is to let creators upload their work and then offer them options whenever exact copies of that work are uploaded to the site. When executed well, such systems have limited impact on fair use but can also provide modest protection for creators like Inman. But they aren’t required by law.
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