The Takedown Project is an effort to mobilize the research community to explore how notice and takedown procedures operate in the US, Europe, and other countries, and how these procedures resolve conflicts between copyright and freedom of expression. The project looks to create greater transparency on these issues, both as a matter of technology sector norms and law, and with respect to both takedown notices and takedown procedures. Only a few providers systematically release notices. None explicitly describe their procedures. Greater transparency is needed in order to understand how this fundamental global regulatory system for online speech works and how it affects senders of notices, intermediary providers, and targets of notices.


Jennifer M. Urban, directs Berkeley Law’s Samuelson Law, Technology, and Public Policy Clinic and is a clinical professor of law. Her research centers on legal and policy issues surrounding intellectual property, privacy and individual rights in a world of rapid technological and societal change. She has analyzed the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s notice and takedown provisions since their inception, and is the author, with Laura Quilter, of an early study of notices housed at Chilling Effects. Prior to joining Berkeley Law, Urban founded and directed the USC Intellectual Property & Technology Law Clinic and worked as an attorney with the Venture Law Group in Silicon Valley.

Joe Karaganis joined The American Assembly as Vice President in 2010. His work focuses on the relationship between digital convergence and cultural production, and has recently included research on broadband adoption, data policy, and media piracy. He is the editor of The Politics of Open Source Adoption (2005), Structures of Participation in Digital Culture (2007), and Media Piracy in Emerging Economies (2011), among other work. Prior to joining the American Assembly, he was a program director at the Social Science Research Council in New York.

Research Fellows

Brianna L. Schofield is a Clinical Teaching Fellow in the Samuelson Law, Technology, and Public Policy Clinic at Berkeley Law. Her research interests focus on the intersection of law and technology, particularly as it relates to intellectual property regimes, free speech, and access to knowledge. Prior to joining Berkeley Law, she was a Special Deputy Attorney General in the Executive Office of the California Attorney General where she worked on investigative, legislative, and negotiated solutions to advance consumer privacy. She has a J.D. from Berkeley Law and a BS from the London School of Economics.

(Former Research Fellow)
Kristoff Grospe
was a Project Specialist at The American Assembly at Columbia University. He graduated from New York Law School, where he studied intellectual property, Internet, and information law and policy. During law school, he was an active member of the school’s Institute for Information Law and Policy; worked with the Program in Law and Journalism as well as the Center for New York City Law. He graduated from New York University with a BA in Sociology.


The American Assembly and Berkeley Law are grateful for generous funding support of this project from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation as part of the Berkeley Digital Library Copyright Project and from Google Inc. as a gift to The American Assembly. We are also grateful for in-kind support for the Coding Engine database from OpusData.

No funder has or will direct our approach or review any methods, data, results, or reporting before public release.