This year we’ve taken steps to make Kickstarter more transparent regarding copyright disputes. Like many internet services, Kickstarter receives notices under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act from people and companies that say material on our site infringes their copyright. We respect copyright and intellectual property, and we comply with the law in these situations.
When we receive a valid DMCA notice, we pause the project’s funding and remove it from public view. The DMCA allows the project creator to file a counter-notice disputing the claim. In some instances the dispute is resolved and the project can continue its funding. In others it isn’t.
In March, we began posting a link to the DMCA notice when we remove a project. We wanted backers to have a full picture of what had happened with the project. Last month we began working with Chilling Effects Clearinghouse to post the notices on their site. Chilling Effects is an educational project from the Electronic Frontier Foundation and several law schools that collects DMCA notices and makes them public.
We’re big fans of the EFF’s mission and work, and we’re happy to support them and collaborate with Chilling Effects on this project. We continue to look for ways to be more transparent about how Kickstarter works. Thanks!