The US Copyright Office is considering whether the DMCA copyright law is still fit to deal with online piracy and has asked various stakeholders for input. Copyright holders have suggested that automated piracy filters are a way forward. However, a research paper submitted by the non-profit organization Engine argues that this will do more harm than good.
The safe harbor provisions of the DMCA allow Internet platforms to avoid liability for the infringements of their users. However, it also helps them avoid paying for content, critics say. A new study from the US which aims to put a value on the revenues lost claims that the sums are huge, potentially up to $1 billion per year on YouTube alone.