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    Chilling Effects Announces Partnership with Behance

    Chilling Effects Team, October 22, 2012

    Abstract: Chilling Effects is pleased to be able to announce a new partnership with Behance.

    UPDATED 10/31/12
    Chilling Effects is pleased to be able to announce a new partnership with Behance. Starting today, Chilling Effects will be archiving and studying all of the take-down notices studying the most egregious examples of take-down notices that Behance receives.

    Behance is a company providing a platform to showcase and discover creative work. It’s a place where creatives of all sorts can upload their portfolios for viewing and where companies can explore the work and gain access to creative talent globally, but with as much granularity as desired.

    In recent months, Behance has begun to receive an increasing number of DMCA-related requests to take down various content uploaded by the artists who are Behance’s users, requests rooted not only in copyright, but also in trademark. Believing these requests to be an abuse of the law and a broad attack on the creative process, to say nothing of extremely shortsighted on the part of the companies issuing them, Behance sought to shine more light on the issue in hopes of changing things for the better.
    They therefore contacted Chilling Effects so that we could add the intriguing notices Behance receives to our rapidly growing archive of take-down requests; and bring some transparency to this niche of the Internet’s ecology. We’re excited to be working with them as we move forward.

    As always, Chilling Effects’ goal is to help Internet users, whether individuals or companies, understand the protections that the First Amendment and intellectual property laws, especially “fair use,” give to online activities, and to provide a comprehensive resource through which the underlying dynamics of the spectrum of requests for the removal of content can be studied. Chilling Effects encourages respect for intellectual property law while frowning on its misuse to "chill" legitimate activity.

    If your company receives DMCA take-down notices, or indeed any type of request to remove on-line content, Chilling Effects would like to include those notices in its database. If you are interested in partnering with Chilling Effects to become one of our sources, please contact

    -- The Chilling Effects Team


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