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Just Because You Can Steal Content Doesn't Mean You Should


You just finished preparing your first presentation for that big seminar at the annual meeting with the coolest pictures you could find on Google images and Flicker, the slickest YouTube videos and the hottest tracks from Pandora. You’re all set, right?

Not so fast, according to Gretchen Klebasko, associate general counsel and managing director of Intellectual Property at Legg Mason. While those sites offer a wealth of media for the asking, much of the material may be considered pirated if you use it. The legal problems begin with the difference between “free to view” versus “free to use.”

The Copyright Clearance Center’s overly wordy titled webinar: “Video, Music and Text, Oh My...Managing Copyright Compliance in a Multimedia World,” does a good job of explaining those differences in plain language. It also explains how to avoid the plethora of media materials that could get an individual or a company in legal hot water.

Klebasko has an impressive litigation background, but stuck with lay-language and delivered helpful information in a succinct presentation that doesn’t talk down to the participants. (Her full disclosure includes Legg Mason’s “wonderful working relationship with CCC.”)

Google Dealing With 1M Data Takedown Requests Daily


Google is attempting to sink information pirates by processing more than one million takedown requests every day. The number of Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), requests has rocketed since Google started making the information public and looks set to grow for the rest of the year.

In the last week alone, according to figures that appeared on Google’s Transparency Report today, Google received 7.8 million requests, up 10 percent from the previous week.

Connecting: Stealing Content and Other Copyright Issues

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The Internet has turned a lot of honest people into thieves. People who wouldn't dream of walking out of a retail store without paying for a pack of gum have no remorse about stealing online content. Pictures. Blog posts. Funny videos. 

And that's turned copyright issues from "an obscure corner of the law" to "the subject of conversation at picnics and parties," said Christopher Kenneally, director of Business Development at the Danvers, Mass.–based Copyright Clearance Center (CCC), a global licensing and content solutions organization.

Despite what many of us think in this age of incessant sharing, people who create “original works of authorship" — literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works ­— actually have rights. Under copyright laws in the US and other countries, you need permission from the copyright holder to reproduce, distribute, display or perform these works.

So much for making that great aerial picture of a tropical sunset you stumbled upon the background for your Facebook page.

Microsoft's SkyDrive to Get an Enforced Name Change


Microsoft is reportedly "glad" that it has to change the name of its global cloud storage service, after running foul of a U.K. TV broadcaster's trademark. We wonder what happens when something goes really wrong for the company. 

Digital Liability Management

Digital Liability ManagementThe opposite of digital asset management might well be digital liability management. When a digital asset is erroneously released -- whatever the circumstance -- it can become a corporate liability in no time. If you've always fantasized about your shared content going viral, release the wrong asset and watch what happens. Just ask the NSA.

Want This Here 'Used Digital Object'? Amazon Patents That Marketplace

Would you be interested in buying a “used digital object”? Amazon thinks that people will be, and it has just gotten a patent for such a secondary market.

DAM Lowdown: Cumulus's Latest, Copyright Questions, DAM in Cloud or On Premises

DAM news has been slowing down over the past week, as DAMers anticipate and prep for the holidays. In this week’s digital asset management news, Cumulus fixes some bugs, copyright gets murky and WebDAM looks skyward. 

Digital Content is Everywhere - Do You Know Who Owns the Copyright?

Actor and music lover Bruce Willis recently caused a media furore when it was thought he intended to take on Apple to win the right to leave his iTunes library in his will.

The explosion of digital content has turned "copyright" into a term we all need to understand, and if Bruce is struggling to make sense of it all then he isn’t alone.

DAM Lowdown: NerVve Takes Quantum Leap, Razuna v1.5.2 Fixes Some Bugs

What a DAM week it’s been. In digital asset management news, Quantum finds a NerVve, there’s another Razuna release, CMSWire contributors debate DAM News, a new eMam emerges, and orphaned works find a home.

BOLT Makes Visual Content Collecting & Sharing Platform Public

BT_TopNav_Logo_213x69mall.gifLast April, we introduced you to BOLT, a new page-sharing service. For the last year, BOLT has been in private beta, where a select group of users have been experimenting, and refining the way we collect, share and save any webpage, image or file. Today, BOLT opens its platform to the general public.

YouTube Introduces Creative Commons Licensing in Videos, Cloud-Based Editor

Licensing content can be a headache, especially for authors and developers who wish to use other persons' or groups' work in their own. While photo-sharing sites have long since advocated the use of Creative Commons licenses, the concept is gaining ground in videos, and YouTube (news, site) is set to announce the integration of Creative Commons in videos and the cloud-based YouTube video editor.

Wyden Blocks 'PROTECT IP' Copyright Bill, Citing 'Overreaches' that Threaten the Internet

In a repeat of 2010, when he killed the "Combating Online Infringements and Counterfeits Act" (COICA), Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) has singlehandedly essentially killed the "Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act of 2011," or "PROTECT IP" bill, after it passed out of a Senate committee amidst a flurry of industry letters both for and against it.

2011's 'PROTECT-IP' Copyright Bill Even Worse than 2010's 'COICA'

Last year, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) put forth The "Combating Online Infringements and Counterfeits Act" (COICA), which was purported to protect copyright holders from having their content stolen and propagated on the Internet, but which had a number of other provisions that could limit the use of the Internet. That bill was killed. So what do we have this year? "Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act of 2011," or "PROTECT IP" -- which, while it addresses some of the problems in last year's bill, adds some even worse ones, critics say.

BO.LT Page-Sharing Service: Easy Content Spread or Copyright Threat?

BOLT_logo.jpg After almost a year in private beta, BO.LT, a new page-sharing service, launches today. What’s a page-sharing service? Isn’t that what a hyperlink is for? Can’t we already share everything with those handy sharing buttons that are on almost every website? Calm down. We have answers.

Web Publishing Roll Up: Twitter, Mobile Equality and YouTube for Reporters

There's no rest for the weary when it comes to web publishing. From Twitter to mobile news to YouTube, the news industry has many issues to consider when evaluating their presence in news media.

Let's Begin with Twitter. 

Many newspapers already have Twitter feeds with hundreds of thousands of followers. But they're only now just figuring out what it all means. Editor & Publisher recently reported about the ways newspapers are using Twitter to get news out and how they are using others' to get news in.

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