Policing and Protecting Copyrights on the Internet: Latest Approaches and Developments

Navigating Fair Use, Infringement Claims, DMCA Safe Harbor and Secondary Liability Issues

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A

Conducted on Tuesday, November 4, 2014

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This CLE webinar will prepare copyright counsel to police and protect against copyright infringement on the Internet. The panel will outline the tools available to monitor IP rights and examine fair use defenses and the DMCA safe harbor.


The Internet is a constantly evolving testing ground for new methods of copyright protection and for novel theories of infringement.

Examples include:

  • Unprecedented theories of secondary liability that seek to hold banks, credit card companies, advertisers and search engines liable for copyright infringement—even when the underlying infringement is based on user-generated or unrelated third-party content.
  • Battles over the meaning of “display” under 17 U.S.C. Sec. 106 in the Internet context.
  • Fair use as a doctrine, an affirmative defense or a substantive limit on the scope of a copyright holder’s right to exclude.
  • Technological solutions to copyright infringement and digital rights management.

Listen as our panel of IP attorneys guides you through the latest developments in policing and preventing copyright infringement on the Internet. The panel will examine recent court rulings, the tools available to monitor copyrights, fair use defenses, the DMCA safe harbor, and the scope and limitations of copyright protections on the Internet.



  1. Direct infringement battles: Section 106 rights, voluntariness and first sale
  2. Contributory copyright liability
  3. Digital Millennium Copyright Act safe harbors
  4. Fair use
  5. Enforcement


The panel will review these and other key questions:

  • What can copyright owners do to prevent infringement of their IP rights on the Internet?
  • What new tools are available for copyright owners to protect their rights?
  • What are the best practices for copyright owners facing defenses based on DMCA or Communications Decency Act safe harbors?


Ieuan G. Mahony
Ieuan G. Mahony

Holland & Knight

Mr. Mahony counsels and litigates intellectual property and technology matters, including matters involving...  |  Read More

Peter J. Toren
Peter J. Toren

Weisbrod Matteis & Copley

Mr. Toren has represented clients for over 20 years in intellectual property and commercial litigation matters...  |  Read More

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