U.S. Judge Expands Safe Harbor Provisions In DMCA

Law360, New York (July 22, 2004, 12:00 AM EDT) -- In a ruling that could have broad implications for interpretations of the controversial 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act, a federal judge has expanded “safe harbor” provisions to include businesses that provide age-verification and payment services.

In a 56-page order handed down June 22, U.S. District Court Judge Lourdes Baird ruled that the online service providers qualified for the DMCA's "information location," or "linking" safe harbor.

Online pornography publisher Perfect 10, which had sued four internet companies, had argued that that safe harbor only applied to search...
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