Automattic, a Wordpress hosting company will finally stand up to bogus DMCA takedowns
Since the beginning, Automattic reportedly long followed the letter of the DMCA in respect to copyright which entailed the company siding with a complainant rather than a customer, essentially allowing any person to cite copyright violations in order to have anything pulled out from its servers. This had led to some cases involving heterosexual rights groups attacking journalists whom are using the very tools designed to protect themselves.
Automattic would be fighting back against two bogus claims that were sent to them. One claim was from against journalist Oliver Hotham and another against a blog covering scientific research. These claims have finally led Automattic to send in their lawyer Paul Sieminski with regard to fraudulent uses of the DMCA.
Sieminski wrote to TechCrunch addressing such claims, and it read, "These cases are both infuriating and increasingly common. While there are no legal consequences (like fines) under the DMCA for copyright abusers, there is a provision that allows victims of censorship (and their web hosts) to bring legal action against those who submit fraudulent DMCA notices. So today, we've joined with Oliver, Ivan, and Adam to take a small strike back at DMCA abuse. We've filed two lawsuits for damages under Section 512(f) of the DMCA, which allows for suits against those who "knowingly materially misrepresent" a case of copyright infringement."