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Submission + - Political Abuse of TOS Undery Online Speech Issues (outsidethebeltway.com)

plasmacutter writes: "Reports are arising lately of unidentified people abusing blogspot's (google's) TOS violation tool to silence blogs critical of Barack Obama. The tool, which is fully automated, works not unlike the DMCA's "notice and takedown" system. Reports are accepted, and queued for "human review". Of course, the reality is very little substantive investigation is done, with the "human review" presumably involving the entry of rm -rf ~/*.*

This is potentially good news for those out to reform the DMCA, as such abuse expanding and hitting major political campaigns could prompt legislation requiring greater responsibility on the part of web hosts or even reforming notice and takedown to notice and notice.

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Political Abuse of TOS Undery Online Speech Issues

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