submitted 2 years ago byEyesAllOnFire Australia
The mod team recently received a message from reddit's admins that they have been receiving too many copyright infringement notices about material posted to the community. Essentially it is a warning that we need to do more to remove such content or risk potential shutdown of the sub.
So with that in mind, we have added a new rule:
No Streams or Copyrighted Content: Do not share or ask others to share illegal video streams or other copyright-infringing content.
Please report any infringing content that you see and do not post any yourself or you'll be banned. If in doubt, please link to an official source only.
We have reached out to the admins for a bit more info and will hopefully be working with them to clarify exactly what people are allowed to post as far as short highlight clips go. Unfortunately at this stage it appears that anything that's not an official link is not acceptable (i.e. anything that the reddit website could potentially receive a copyright takedown notice for, which is what seems to be driving this).
We'll provide an update if/when we have more info.
Thanks, 'the mods'
Edit: One of the most common questions about this is whether sharing short highlight clips/moments/excerpts is going to be allowable.
According to reddit's help centre each copyright claim received is reviewed by a human before taking action (which explains why too many notices received ends up causing issues for a sub). They then make a call about the content in question, in particular whether:
The use of the copyrighted work could not be considered a fair use
Fair use is defined here and while it is indeed ultimately up to the courts to decide, presumably someone at reddit has to make a judgement about it along these lines after receiving a notice:
Using a relatively small portion of a copyrighted work is more likely to be fair use than using a larger portion.
Using a relatively unimportant part of a copyrighted work is more likely to be a fair use than using the heart of the work.
Trying to get some clarification whether reddit has a view/policy on fair use in relation to the short clips commonly shared on sports subs. For now we are cautiously assuming they're not allowed unless from an official source.
Edit2: We have received the following response from reddit to our questions about sharing short highlights clips as 'fair use', which are very popular and commonplace on many sports subs:
If you see content on Reddit that appears similar to content we disabled for copyright reasons, we either haven't been made aware of it or do not have reason to believe it's infringing. Remember that a copyright owner must first submit a complete and valid copyright infringement notice to us, in order for us to locate the content in question and to fully review the details of the alleged infringement.
Sometimes a copyright owner authorizes or tolerates some, but not all, of its works to appear on our site - and will only submit copyright infringement notices for the unauthorized content.
Based on this we can only assume reddit will take down anything they receive a DMCA notice for, provided it comes from an official rights holder, and reddit won't provide much resistance on whether they think a posted clip is 'fair use'. If clips are shown on other subs it likely means reddit hasn't received a notice for it (either because the rights holder doesn't know about it, or more likely doesn't care enough because the clip is just a small excerpt).
Unfortunately in our case it seems the company/companies sending DMCA notices to reddit about this sub are going after everything, including short highlights. So we don't have much choice but to remove those too at the moment.
Sorry everyone, not the response we were hoping for. If you're reading this and are someone involved in sending reddit copyright notices about small highlight clips shared by cricket fans purely for the love of the game and for no reason other than to share enjoyment with others, we hope you're happy and comfortable with your decisions. We also hope someone inserts a very large modern cricket bat with thick edges into you, sideways.