“Starting next week, we will begin taking into account a new signal in our rankings: the number of valid copyright removal notices we receive for any given site,” said Google SVP of engineering Amit Singhal in a blog post. He went on to say, “Sites with high numbers of removal notices may appear lower in our results.”
The Librarian of Congress, on the recommendation of the Register of Copyrights, has announced the classes of works subject to the exemption from the prohibition in 17 U.S.C. section 1201(a)(1) against circumvention of technological measures that control access to copyrighted works (The Digital Millennium Copyright Act).
Persons making non-infringing uses of six classes of works will not be subject to the prohibition against circumventing access controls until the conclusion of the next rule-making. The exemptions cover access to motion pictures on DVD, computer programs, video games and electronic books under certain circumstances.