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September 29, 2009

Walt Disney launches theme parks blog

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disney-parks-blog-logoAiming to provide an official, central repository for news and behind-the-scenes information about its theme parks, Disney yesterday announced the launch of its new blog.

Unsurprisingly, Disney is a hot topic online, attracting attention on a huge range of unofficial blogs, forums and other sites, and the company wants to advance its official voice and further protect its brand.

Positive noises came from Leanne Jakubowski, director of social media for Walt Disney World, who suggested that Disney wants to be an active participant in the conversations its fans are having online. read more

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August 25, 2008

The Most Aggressive Copyright Holders

When it comes to matters of copyright, some companies have an earned reputation as being attack dogs. They are known for filing takedown notices at the drop of a hat, throwing lawsuits around at will and generally intimidating anyone that they feel gets too close to their intellectual property.

Though there is nothing wrong with being aggressive about your copyright, especially when you make your living from it. The problem comes when companies cross the line and sacrifice the rights of users and the public in their bid to protect their work.

These attack dogs are dangerous for many reasons. First, they are the ones most likely to file takedown notices, including against bloggers. Second, they often times trample free speech and run afoul of the law. Finally, they also end up writing both the copyright news we read and many of the copyright laws we follow.

So who are the most aggressive copyright holders? Though such a list is entirely subjective, here is my personal list of the most aggressive major copyright holders I have been tracking. read more

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