Tuesday 18 November 2008

Darren Olivier

SA takedown notices & a new African IP blog

In a fairly damning article on the take-down procedure for RSA hosted websites published here, MyBroadband.co.za article sets out why it is too easy to obtain a take-down notice in South Africa suggesting that actions of ISPA may also be unconstitutional. Afro-IP's experience of take down procedures is that it can be a very effective way of getting attention when IP is infringed but agrees that the system can be open to abuse.

Afro-IP welcomes IP's What's Up a blog focussing largely on IP in Nigeria and describing itself as "Intellectual Property News and Commentary. A place to engage in conversation and reflect on happenings in the world of IP. (Updated Wednesdays and Sundays.)" It is run by IPPERs Goldenrail and Dtrizzle.

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18 November 2008 at 19:14 delete

Website users in the US have had some similar problems with takedowns. Some hosts have taken down sites because they offer mp3s for download, even though the people offering the downloads own the copyright to the mp3s: http://firemark.com/2008/10/21/why-poor-mans-copyright-and-creative-commons-didnt-work-out-for-quote-unquote-records/
Thank you for noticing Ip's What's Up! I should mention that we will probably focus a little less on Nigeria after I return to the US, but we intend to continue to discuss issues from around the world.