4Chan, the website where most of the infamous nude celebrity photos originated, has agreed to comply with DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) policy. The site has started to clamp down on illegally shared photos, mostly found on their discussion boards.
4Chan is no stranger to ignoring copyright laws. However with the infamous nude photo leak, the website is taking the necessary steps to clamp down on illegally shared photos. This means that they will be at the forefront of the cleanup, assigning a staff member to spearhead the takedown requests.
At present, posts made on the site are only up for a certain period of time. But in the wake of illegally posted nude photos of celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence, Kim Kardashian and Cara Delevigne, a major shakeup is in store to comply with DMCA.
The move may, however, hurt the site in terms of active users it enjoys. As it stands now, any user who is found continuously posting stolen materials will have their access terminated. 4Chan has actually done this before, removing select posts that mostly depicted sexual abuse of children.
Still, a lot of questions arise on how this policy change would affect users and 4Chan. For one, the site allows anonymous users to post on the site even with no identity information that is normally prerequisite.
While, the assignment of an actual person to look over past posts is a good move to help avoid a future incident, perhaps a change as well in the registration process could be forthcoming. Either that or the site could face heavier penalties in the light of these untoward developments, something that puts privacy issues and trust on cloud storage in question.