Tag: copyright law

by Julie Keck

1. What you need to know about the court decision that just struck down net neutrality (Mathew Ingram / GigaOm) 2. Viacom to launch customizable kids’ TV channel on Verizon FiOS (Amol Sharma / Wall Street Journal) 3. To safeguard the public domain (and the public interest), fix copyright’s crazy penalties (Mitch Stoltz / Electronic [...] more »

by Ira Basen

Websites that scoop up content from the mainstream media without compensation are being put on notice: Pay up or risk being shut down. The warning comes from Attributor, a California-based company that monitors web content on behalf of magazine, newspaper and book publishers. Earlier this month, Attributor announced a “new model for online content syndication” [...] more »

by Rob Arcamona

Editor’s Note: new information was appended to this article on Dec. 15. It probably seemed like a fun idea at the time. Last year, Eric Dane, known as “McSteamy” from the show “Grey’s Anatomy,” his wife Rebecca Gayheart, and former beauty queen Kari Ann Peniche decided to make a home movie. Yes, that type of [...] more »

by Mike Rosen-Molina

When New York-based animator Nina Paley decided to distribute her independent animation project “Sita Sings the Blues” online for free, she recalled the fate of 1920s jazz vocalist Annette Hanshaw. Once hugely popular, Hanshaw had almost completely disappeared from public knowledge when Paley decided to include her songs in the score for her film. “How [...] more »

by Jeffrey D. Neuburger

The news is information, and information wants to be free, as the saying goes. But for news organizations, the news is a product that is collected, recorded and sold for profit. And those profits are now under extreme economic pressure, threatening some news organizations with extinction. Both online and traditional news outlets are regrouping, retrenching [...] more »

by Jeffrey D. Neuburger

As cell phone cameras and palm-sized videocams have become cheap and ubiquitous, there is little if anything that is immune from being documented and displayed on the web, as numerous celebrities and sports stars have learned to their regret. In the realm of hard news, the result is that citizen journalists are able to bypass [...] more »

by Mark Glaser

This is the final part of my three-part email roundtable discussion looking at the new Code of Best Practices in Fair Use of Online Video created at the behest of the Center for Social Media at American University. In the first part, the respondents in this email roundtable talked about what the Code means, how [...] more »

by Mark Glaser

Last week, the Associated Press decided that the Drudge Retort was in violation of copyright laws because it excerpted parts of AP stories and linked to them. The AP legal team sent a cease-and-desist letter to Drudge Retort’s owner, the technology book author Rogers Cadenhead. The ensuing brouhaha was not surprising, with bloggers crying foul [...] more »

by Jennifer Woodard Maderazo

The spread of broadband Internet access has made online video a much better experience, allowing movie fans to catch a flick on the Net without having to rent a DVD. Depending on the kind of system and monitor you have, watching films on a computer can become almost as enjoyable as watching them on your [...] more »

by Mark Glaser

All the lawsuits and rhetoric around people uploading copyrighted material on video-sharing sites such as YouTube make it seem like a black-and-white situation: either you’re shooting your own original video or stealing it from someone else. But what’s lost in that simple either-or interpretation is the more gray area in copyright law known as fair [...] more »