I just had my first post published on the William & Mary IP Society blog:
If you follow election campaigns, you’re likely familiar with the idea of the October surprise. The term refers to a last-minute revelation that forces a candidate’s campaign into crisis response mode, at a time when the slightest hiccup might derail their success. Take, for example, California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman’s recent woes over her former housekeeper.
Now a very different sort of October surprise looms as campaigns increasingly come to rely on the Internet for their messaging. In addition to defending against traditional last minute revelations, campaigns must now fight against censorship disguised as copyright enforcement.
The rest of the post discusses the recent CDT report on illegitimate DMCA takedowns of political campaign videos, and how the DMCA poses particular problems for this type of content. Read the rest of the post here.