EU compares ‘right to be forgotten’ to copyright enforcement

European commissioner tells Google it can handle ‘right to be forgotten’ requests the same way it handles copyright takedown requests

Thanks to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), search engine providers like Google had to learn to deal with takedown notices related to alleged copyright infringement. While the task of sifting through thousands of these requests might have seemed daunting at first, Google and others have put in place a system to deal with these types of requests. 

If search engines can handle copyright takedown requests, it can handle a new batch of requests, “right to be forgotten” requests from citizens of the European Union, at least according to Viviane Reding, European commissioner for justice, fundamental rights and citizenship.

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Rich Steeves

Richard P. Steeves is Senior Editor and Community Manager of InsideCounsel magazine, where he covers the intellectual property and compliance beats. Rich earned a B.A....

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