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Efficient copyright filters for online hosting platforms

Alessandro De Chiara (), Ester Manna (), Antoni Rubí-Puig () and Adrian Segura-Moreiras ()
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Alessandro De Chiara: Universitat de Barcelona and BEAT
Ester Manna: Universitat de Barcelona and BEAT
Antoni Rubí-Puig: Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Adrian Segura-Moreiras: Universitat Pompeu Fabra

No 2022/433, UB Economics Working Papers from Universitat de Barcelona, Facultat d'Economia i Empresa, UB School of Economics

Abstract: In this paper, we build a theoretical model in which an online hosting platform can develop a copyright filter to screen content that contributors wish to upload. The technology is imprecise, since non-infringing material may be incorrectly filtered out. Once the content is hosted on the platform, a right-holder may send a take-down notice if its own automated notice system, also imprecise, finds it to be copyright infringing. We investigate the efficient design of regulation and liability and we find that (i) the right-holder should be given incentives to evaluate fair use when submitting a notice and (ii) the current safe-harbor protection granted to platforms that promptly remove content following a take-down notice should be lifted. Such dual system would achieve efficient copyright enforcement without excluding fair-use material.

Keywords: Copyright filters; liability rules; online hosting platforms; notice and take-down system. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: K2 L51 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 50 pages
Date: 2022
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