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Heather Smith-Carra

is an attorney with Banner Witcoff located in their Washington DC Office. She focuses her practice on the preparation and the prosecution of trademark and copyright matters. She previously worked as a research intern for the IP video game blog PatentArcade.com, where she researched, analyzed, and summarized intellectual property litigations focusing on patent, trademark, and copyright law. In addition, she previously held multiple roles at the firm including patent and trademark prosecution paralegal and trademark law clerk.

For more information or to contact Ms. Smith-Carra, please visit her Firm Profile Page.

Recent Articles by Heather Smith-Carra

No DMCA safe harbor for Cox’s 13-strike policy for terminating repeat infringers

On February 1, 2018, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit issued a decision in the case, BMG Rights Management LLC v. Cox Communications, Inc. The Fourth Circuit affirmed in part the district court’s granting of summary judgment to BMG on the § 512(a) Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) safe harbor defense. Ultimately, the Fourth Circuit agreed with the district court’s decision that Cox was not entitled to the safe harbor defense, finding that Cox’s 13-strike policy for repeat infringers was effectively no policy at all, and far less than the termination policy required in order to maintain safe harbor protections.

DMCA 2017: 9th Cir. decides safe harbor, anti-circumvention cases

In 2017, there were several noteworthy decisions relating to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Specifically, the Ninth Circuit addressed two separate cases, one dealing with safe harbor provisions, the other on anti-circumvention. This article discusses three separate decisions including Mavrix Photographs LLC v. LiveJournal Inc., 873 F.3d 1045 (9th Cir. 2017)(on DMCA safe harbor), and Disney Enterprises, Inc. v. VidAngel, Inc., 869 F.3d 848 (9th Cir. 2017)(anti-circumvention provisions).

Video Game Companies Seek DMCA Exemption for Online Video Game Preservation

Every three years the U.S. Copyright Office analyzes whether to revise and/or renew the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) anti-circumvention provision. The latest triennial rulemaking review under the DMCA relating to anti-circumvention provisions began on June 30, 2017, when the Copyright Office published a Notice of Inquiry requesting petitions to renew existing exemptions, and as well as petitions for new exemptions.

5 ways companies can stay in compliance with DMCA

Understanding the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) has become increasingly important for companies that want to protect their digital content. The DMCA was created primarily as a solution for service providers such as YouTube that host content uploaded by third parties rather than create their own original content. Service providers benefit from the DMCA because it protects them from liability in the event content uploaded to their site infringes another’s copyrights. While the DMCA addresses a number of copyright issues, the “safe harbor” provision remains one of its most important aspects.