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The Limits of Filtering: A Look at the Functionality & Shortcomings of Content Detection Tools

  • Rayburn House Office Building Room 2237 Washington, DC 20515 (map)

Nearly twenty years ago, Congress passed the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), establishing copyright rules specifically tailored for the online world. Although the DMCA has succeeded admirably in fostering the growth of the internet, some copyright industry representatives have advocated for a rewrite of the law to force OSPs to implement content filtering technologies as a prerequisite to obtain the protections of the DMCA's safe harbors. In evaluating these calls for mandatory filtering, policymakers should consider how such filtering tools actually work in practice and the impact they are likely to have on infringement, startup activity, and creative production.

Join Engine on March 28th to discuss the findings of a recent paper from Engine's Evan Engstrom and Princeton University's Nick Feamster analyzing how content filtering tools operate and their impact on the broader internet ecosystem.


When: March 28 @ 12 pm 

Where: Rayburn House Office Building Room 2237

Lunch from Taylor Gourmet will be served