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International Takedown Notices: Where are they coming from?

July 08, 2014
Abstract: The globalization of the Internet has almost always outpaced the creation of international laws to online behavior. To some extent, this has increased the prominence of globally-operating Internet service providers, like Google and Twitter, as the de facto arbiters of multinational disputes online. The number of takedown notices from international senders reported to has been rising, including requests for removal of online content based on US laws like the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) and Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA).

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The Right to be Forgotten: Already in Need of Reform?

Emily Hong - Chilling Effects Staff, July 07, 2014
Abstract: Google is currently dealing with a backlog of over 50,000 European "Right to be Forgotten" (R2BF) requests, and both privacy and free speech advocates watched raptly as the search engine began acting on such requests late last month. Already media organizations have cried foul for overbroad censorship.


"Ready for Oligarchy" Parody Restored: Zazzle and CafePress Takedown Notices

Thayer Anderson - Chilling Effects Staff, June 27, 2014

Earlier this June, the political action committee (PAC) "Ready for Hillary" issued takedown requests to virtual storefronts Zazzle and CafePress. Ready for Hillary demanded these print-on-demand stores stop offering Dan McCall's "Ready for Oligarchy" sticker design. While Zazzle and CafePress took the design down from their stores, it was restored after intervention from McCall's representative, Paul Alan Levy.



Five Things to Note This Week.

Chilling Effects Staff: , June 26, 2014
Abstract: The Chilling Effects Staff shares some of the stories they've been following in this week's news, and why.


Twitter Restores Access to Pakistani Notices

Chilling Effects Staff, June 17, 2014
Abstract: Today, June 17th, Twitter has restored access to the tweets and Twitter accounts that it blocked in Pakistan on May 18th, using its Country Withheld Content tool.
Pakistani authorities had requested the removal of the material, claiming that it was "blasphemous" or "unethical".

Twitter issued the following comment about its restoration of the blocked content.

"We always strive to make the best, most informed decisions we can when we're compelled to reactively withhold identified content in specific jurisdictions around the world. On May 18, 2014, we made an initial decision to withhold content in Pakistan based on information provided to us by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority. Consistent with our longstanding policies we provided notice to all of the affected account holders and published the actioned takedown requests on Chilling Effects to maximize transparency regarding our decision. We have reexamined the requests and, in the absence of additional clarifying information from Pakistani authorities, have determined that restoration of the previously withheld content is warranted. The content is now available again in Pakistan."

You can find the notices in question here on Chilling Effects at these URLs.

along with Twitter's other notices, including other CWC notices, at

- The Chilling Effects Team

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