The Takedown Project
The Takedown Project explores how the ‘Notice and Takedown’ process mediates conflicts between users, rights holders, and online service providers in the US and in most other countries. This collaborative effort is housed at The American Assembly and UC Berkeley's Samuelson Law, Technology, and Public Policy Clinic. Major components of the project include research on the integrity of the Notice and Takedown process (in an era in which that process has become increasingly automated on all sides), efforts to regularize transparency reporting by Internet companies, and organization of the larger community of researchers exploring the intersection of copyright and freedom of expression.
As copyright reform discussions continue, the project contributes to debates about the regulation of expression and the latitude accorded companies to innovate with new services. The project hosted workshops in Amsterdam (June 2013) and Berkeley (May 2014), and received funding from Google and the Sloan Foundation.
How the automation of notice and takedown—arguably the key legal procedure for regulating online speech—undermines its core compromise between users, copyright holders, and internet companies.
A report exploring how the notice and takedown process became one of the principle mechanisms for regulating freedom of expression, and what it means when robots take over the job of mediating conflicts over online speech.