August 25, 2008
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
Tags: associated press, copyright, copyright law, disney, Football, IOC, mpaa, nbc, NFL, Olympics, riaa, universal, Viacom, warner brothers, YouTube
July 27, 2008
Redlasso, a Website that enables users to search media broadcasts and create clips to share, has suspended its service. The service is in the midst of defending itself from copyright infringement lawsuits filed by NBC and FOX News.
All is not lost, however. Users can still use the site’s business-targeted service to track and clip content for internal use.
According to Redlasso Chief Executive Ken Hayward:
“We are very disappointed in the actions of select networks. We believe we have always acted within the law and have been respectful of the networks’ rights. They have forced our hand and are denying the blogging community access to the Redlasso platform that beneficially tracks the usage of newsworthy clips across the Web.”
Do you think bloggers should be allowed to use clips and full-length programs of shows within their posts?
Another point of contention is that RedLasso claims to split advertising revenue with producers and owners of the content. However, broadcasters appear to be unaware of any such arrangement.
Tags: clips, fox, nbc, redlasso, Video