Facebook locks Ars Technica page over copyright accusation

By Eric W. Dolan
Thursday, April 28, 2011 17:13 EDT
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Facebook has reportedly locked the page of the technology news and information website Ars Technica because of a copyright infringement accusation.

Ars Technica, which has been on the web since 1998, reported Thursday that Facebook disabled access to their account due to a notice from a third party, but provided no details about the alleged infringement and no way to rectify the situation.

“Everyone who uses Facebook is on some level a Facebook partner,” Ken Fisher, a co-founder of the website, said. “A thoroughgoing social site, it is nothing without its users. That Facebook would so harshly judge and move against its most valuable assets without any semblance of fairness or evenhandedness is disappointing.”

Hours after Ars Technica reported on their disabled account, Facebook released a statement saying that abuse of intellectual property right notices was “a challenge for every major Internet service but we work to ensure that we don’t take content down as a result of fraudulent notices.”

“We have been in touch with Ars Technica and are investigating this case.”

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Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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