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Re: copyrights liability question

as an ISP where does the line go for how liable we are for client's
copyrights violations?

Here is my situation, and if you feel this is off topic, you may reply to
me at ahoffman@announce.com and we'll keep any further out of this area.

But, since this is a ISP area if I have this question someone else
probably does too.

I have a client who stores (archives) newsgroup articles.  I don't even
provide the news data to him.

He presents access to this data via a web interface to his subscribers.

So, his policy as far as I know, if someone requests an article be deleted
because of copyright isseus he does so.

So, am I liable for any violations that may happen on that system?  I
don't administer it, only sell shelf and bandwidth to them.

IANAL, but from our perspective as a web hosting company, we have a very detailed Acceptable Use Policy that basically states that any and all content hosted on the server by the user is the responsibility of the user. Everything from mp3s to porn are listed as "content not under our control or liability". We have each user sign the agreement and fax/mail it back to us before beginning service.

Until legislature makes it more clear on who exactly is liable in these situations, we prefer to cover our assets in this manner. YMMV.


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