The MPAA claims that in a 6 month period it sent 11 million takedown notices to search engines and another 13 million to sites directly.
There are those who argue this demonstrates that copyright infringers have the upper hand. But keep in mind these are just takedown notices, the entertainment industry doesn’t have to prove any infringement took place, let alone operate with good faith or care. Many have noted that illegitimate takedown requests are common, mostly because there are almost no consequences for abuse.
Of course, that makes sense. They reached the final version through a transparent process of public discussions, blog posts, mailing lists and open meetings, over a period of two years, and were able to reach a broad public consensus.
All that makes the secretive discussions, closed negotiations, and back room sessions about copyright policy by the¬†Trans-Pacific Partnership¬†all the more despicable.
Here’s a great article by Antonio Machado arguing for the introduction of a renewal system in copyright. He also argues that the “investment horizon” for composers, artists and authors is more like 10 years, not 50 or 100, or lifetime + 70.