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Federal Court Hints Websites That Strip Metadata Could Face Copyright Liability

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The lesson of the web is to keep the metadata whenever you can:

District Judge Gonzalo Curiel found late last month that e-commerce vendor was not entitled to summary judgment on a claim it hosted and facilitated the sale of copyrighted photos, denying a request that an infringement case be dismissed under the DMCA’s safe harbor provisions.  The decision rested partly on the fact that when users upload photographs to, the website’s automated process strips the images of copyright information imprinted as metadata.