As rightsholders continue their pressure for legislators to rethink current safe-harbour rules, Google’s copyright counsel Cédric Manara has spoken publicly about what his company sees as the problems of any “take down, stay down” system that could replace them.

“The Internet is a game of ‘whack-a-mole’. Blocked and removed content will be reposted back online, which is a key problem. When one road is cut off, other roads will appear leading to other directions,” he told the Academy of European Law’s copyright conference, according to TorrentFreak.

“Take down, stay down doesn’t understand an authorised user, so it can have an overreaching effect and go too far. Additionally, stay down is forever, whereas copyright has a term.”

With Google also pushing back at rightsholders over fair-use and YouTube takedowns, we appear to be in a new phase of copyright jostling.

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