This thread aside.
“While it is not feasible for us to actively review the copyright status of every file we host, if we do run into an obvious infringement we will contact you and ask that you remove the infringing material and refrain from future copyright violations. Especially egregious infringement will usually result in immediately disablement without refund per our Terms of Service.”
When does “Especially egregious infringement” kick in? This whole ‘instant closure’ business is beginning to make me very very nervous. I host several art sites, one of which is a non-commercial guitar appreciation site. What happens if some ‘stranger’ posts a vid of themselves playing a copyright song? Or posts an image from a guitar catalogue? Or draws a ‘copy’ of a copyright image (how did Andy f*cking Warhol get away with it?). Or posts a photograph of a famous musician that was taken by a commercial photographer? What if someone takes a dislike to me? What if the web grinds to a halt under thick blanket of copyright infringements? Instant suspension with no discussion? Who is the ‘expert’ here?
“While it is not feasible for us to actively review the copyright status of every file we host.”
That’s a ‘me too’, Bud.
I don’t intend spending all my time ‘spinning plates’ on behalf of my clients in case they unknowingly (because they are not ‘experts’) perform a ‘copyright violation’. ‘Reasonable’ is ok, but I don’t intend losing sleep over matters like this… I will have to review this situation.