Use Caution When Utilizing Third Party Content

These days most websites and other online service providers accept and host some sort of third-party content. The hosting and display of user-generated content can potentially subject the website or service provider to liability for its users’ online copyright infringement.

Congress enacted a safe harbor for service providers which limits a service provider’s liability if it is in compliance with the act and follows a certain protocol. New regulations now make it more incumbent on the service provider to make sure they are in compliance with the terms of the safe harbor. Failure to do so could result in a vengeful (or entrepreneurial) content owner taking advantage of the lack of a safe harbor and pursue monetary damages against a service provider for the acts of its users.

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