In an unusual case from January 2020, someone wrote us to make a Digital Millennium Copyright Act claim on behalf of an education focused non-profit organization. They claimed that material written by the non-profit had been placed on English Wikipedia, and copied the head of the non-profit on the email. By the end of the day, they had written again, saying that after speaking with the organization’s head, they were withdrawing their DMCA. The material remains on the projects. We are used to evaluating DMCA notices, pushing back if we find they are not valid, and removing material in the rare cases where they are. But the writer changing their mind, and so quickly? This was a new one for us.

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Chris Marquardt from Germany

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