Corporations, individuals, and their legal teams today send DMCA notices when their copyrights are infringed upon, but these notices have no jurisdiction on an end-to-end decentralized computing platform owned and operated by those who have staked ICP in neurons.
At minimum, we need a process for submitting NNS proposals to take canisters down in such future situations when a node provider receives a DMCA notice.
Nintendo sent one node provider a DMCA notice to take down the canister running Super Mario 64 on Monday Dec 6, 2021. This node provider then contacted the Dfinity foundation for help, and Dfinity decided to submit an NNS proposal to take the canister down. Here’s the forum thread.
Over the next 24 hours, the community held a variety of conversations in this forum, on Twitter, and elsewhere to discuss the situation. What we found was that the breadth of new topics uncovered apply only to permission-less, decentralized computing platforms that serve web, which at the moment are problems only the Internet Computer is powerful enough to require solutions for.
Given that an NNS proposal is the only way to take a canister down, the main question we should discuss is: Who will be submitting the proposal next time someone on the IC gets a DMCA notice?
I propose we encourage the entity desiring to take the canister down to do so through an NNS proposal from their own neuron for no other reasons than 1) it makes the most logical sense and 2) this being a perfect opportunity to facilitate adoption.
The vision for the Internet Computer is one where the internet is governed on-chain and open to everyone’s participation, corporate interests included. Onboarding a Nintendo neuron would have been a massive signal that not only is this possible today, but it’s a beautiful vision for how we want to govern internet applications more broadly.
- Draft instructions for how exactly a corporation should submit their DMCA to the Internet Computer (create neuron & submit proposal, including evidence of the legitimacy of this notice)
- Create a form capture for submitting DMCA notices to the IC in a publicly accessible/visible section of Dfinity’s website (could be hosted on the IC but at least prominently available from Dfinity to signal “official” support)
- Integrate this form capture more deeply with the NNS over time to make it an onboarding funnel for neuron creation