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DoctoredReviews.com – ‘Cause Your Doctor Owns the Copyright to Your Online Review

April 17, 2011

DMCA painter's van, London, UK.JPGDoctoredReviews.com is the new website from Eric Goldman (the guy who reads all the new Internet cases and blogs them so I don’t have to), of the Santa Clara University High Tech Law Institute and the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic at the University of California Berkeley School of Law.

I am blatantly plugging this new endeavor because it’s downright scary what’s going on.  Many doctors have a prospective assignment of copyright in their contract that essentially says they own the copyright  to anything you say about them.  So, you post a good review – excellent! But … post a bad review, and all the Doc has to do is send a DMCA Takedown Notice (YankIt letter) asserting his copyright in your post, your wrongful use of your post, and offline goes the bad review.  In short, they exploit the benefits of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act for their own ulterior purposes.  Nasty huh?

And the obvious next step is for everyone to do start doing it … e.g., your review of the eatery that gave you food poisoning gets yanked off Yelp because they inserted a copyright assignment into the credit card receipt.  (Extreme example?  Let’s hope so.)

Anyway, DoctoredReviews.com tells you all about it.  And here’s Goldman’s announcement:  Technology & Marketing Law Blog: Announcing DoctoredReviews.com, a Website Against Doctors’ Efforts to Squelch Online Patient Reviews.

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