All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Copyright’
When Google bought YouTube last year, most throughout the blogosphere saw the move as a natural fit for the search company and lauded the acquisition as an monumental success.
Nearly six months later, however, YouTube’s sparkle is beginning to fade amid the copyright complaints that are plaguing Google’s legal department.
A copyright lawsuit filed by Copiepresse last year over the publishing of articles, images, and links to Belgium newspaper websites will not only see the material removed, but will also cost Google in fines M&C reported Friday morning.
Along with the removal order, Google also has a hefty fine to pay of $32,390 per day for every day the copyright material was posted in Google. This retroactive total could be in excess of $4.7 million.
The Globe and Mail tells us that "Google loses copyright case in Belgium". Apparently a court has now ruled in favour of Belgian newspapers that sued Google Inc., claiming that the Web search Internet search leader infringed copyright laws and demanded it remove their stories. They want only subscribers to be able to see their articles within their walled gardens. Presumably they do not wish searchers to find their contents by using search engines.
If a YouTube user feels one of their videos was an unfair casualty of Viacom’s recent war on copyright infringement, the Electronic Frontier Foundation wants to know about it. The nonprofit organization has posted its call to the user-generated disenfranchised on their home YouTube turf.
What’s the deal with contracts, copyrights and Web-Related Services?
You’d think the answer to this question would be simple-always sign a contract, period- but it isn’t.
While this question applies over a broad spectrum of fields, it is especially ambiguous in the freelance world. This series of articles is geared towards individuals or companies looking to hire service providers like web designers, copywriters and internet marketers on a contract or freelance basis.
In his misguided desire to become notorious, Michael Crook has become the preeminent villain of the blogosphere, the target of a lawsuit by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a laughing stock, and a fascinating case study into blog-ethics, copyright law on the Internet, the tenets of Fair Use, the reach of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and how its abuse can affect free speech.
Universal Music Group has filed a copyright violation lawsuit against social networking juggernaut MySpace.com. The case, filed in a U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, alleges that MySpace allows its users post to copyrighted soundtracks and music videos on their websites.
With the advent of the RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds, copyright law got a lot trickier. Labeled “really simple stealing” by AOL’s Jason Calacanis, there is still no clear-cut legal precedent about implied consent to repurpose syndicated content, but the legal system that protects search engines may also green-light spammy content aggregators.
You might want to think twice before refilling an ink cartridge; according to Hewlett-Packard, that act may be a patent violation. The company is going after retailers Walgreens and Office Max for the “offense.” Epson and Lexmark have taken similar actions in the past.
Being the true search marketing professional that I am I have to admit that Google is my home page.
American Airlines (AA) has subpoenaed Google to turn over identifying information on a Google Video user who uploaded a copyrighted training video to the site, reports Mercury News. As it is a matter of copyright infringement, Google may not be able to be as defiant as it was with the US Justice Department (DOJ).
The digital age brings with it a ton of legal questions, many of which have yet to be fully addressed by the courts. Much of this has to do with the lack of precedent and legislation, and sometimes judges’ reluctance to allow digital evidence. At SES NY, a team of legal experts was assembled to address all of these issues.
Though copyright law predates the Internet, case law has been established regarding the indexing of copyrighted material, and it has come out in favor of the indexer. Publishers who have issues with Google’s Print for Libraries project may end up with little more than hurt feelings.
Back in April, Congress passed the Family Entertainment Copyright Act and as a result, by October 24th, a copyright preregistration system must be in place and is slated to launch on schedule. Because of the time table for launch however, it will only be available in Internet Explorer (IE).
LexisNexis and iParadigms teamed up to create a product called CopyGuard to help detect plagiarism and copyright infringement and protect intellectual property. At a time where people and companies are having real problems with copyright protection, this may be a suitable solution for protecting their properties.
It seems everyone who has a website is worried about having their copyright violated by web content thieves. But are web content copyright violations really such a big problem?
Details, details-such is the Achilles’ Hell of the visionary temperament. When Google put forth a massive online literary digitization effort, the scholar, the literati, the purist self-educator, the mousey, bucked-toothed, four-eyed little girl in all of us cheered the soon-to-be nearer reach of all those words. But visions, especially the grandiose, face the speed bumps, the hurdles, of real world logic-or worse, lawyers.
There is a lot of information theft on the Internet. Unscrupulous people think they have the right to copy your information and put it on their website or information product. To protect yourself against this theft you should copyright all your work.
I don’t think there is any area of the Internet so misunderstood as copyright law. Terms like “work of authorship”, “fair use” and “derivative works” are confusing.
What Is Copyright?
Copyright is a legal right granted to the authors of certain artistic or creative works. I’m sure that wasn’t very helpful, so allow me to explain: it literally means “the right to copy”. This “copying” can be in the form of translated or derivative versions, reproductions, public or private distributions, displays, or broadcasts.
Plagiarism is derived from the Latin plagiarius (“kidnapper”), and refers to a kind of intellectual theft defined as “the false assumptions of authorship, the wrongful act of taking the product of another person’s mind, and presenting it as one’s own.” (Alexander Lindey, Plagiarism and Originality)
Is someone distributing your software or other copyright content illegally over the Internet? It’s possible. It happens. If you can prove your case, you have grounds for legal action.
I received an email the other day from an online friend alerting me to the fact that someone had copied one of the pages of my website and was using it, virtually verbatim, at theirs. It was my first personal experience of copyright infringement. How flattering, I thought! I imagine though that when it happens a few more times it will begin feeling decidedly less flattering and decidedly more irritating.
You may be under the false impression that before you can get your text published, you must “get the copyright” to your own written material. You might also think that in order to get the copyright, you must “apply” for it. This is just not so. In the following few paragraphs, I’ll give you some simple facts about copyrights that may help you in your quest to get published.
Most people would like to use a picture or some textual information they found on the Web, but they assume that copyright law prevents them from doing so. The copyright law provides a “fair use” exception that permits you to legally use copyrighted material for many purposes.
Being productive and creative gives importance and meaning to the lives of many people. In some cases, it may also provide them with a means to earn a living. Unfortunately, other people feel that it is easier to just steal someone else’s work. How can a creative individual protect their work from thieves?
Once you’ve created your ebook, you’ll want to take the necessary steps to protect your work. Although many ebook compilers will enable you to password protect your ebook, none can offer complete security.
Just for the record, let’s determine what Copyright actually protects. Simply put Copyright protects “expression”. According to the Copyright Act of the United States, items of expression can include literary, dramatic and musical works; pantomimes and choreography; pictorial, graphic and sculptural works; audio- visual works; sound recordings; and architectural works. Items that are not protected are ideas, titles, names, facts and short phrases.
You’ve hunted and clicked your way through the Web site, but you can’t find the information you need. So you go to the FAQs. But the FAQ section is like a vast junk drawer, filled with a jumble of information. Thirty-nine questions organized alphabetically by the first word in the question, not the topic?! Questions arranged chronologicallyin the order they were asked?! Maybe the answer to your question is in there somewhere, but you’ll never find it.
Important: This article contains opinions and information about copyright law. Keep in mind that I am not a lawyer and have not been a lawyer in any past life that I am aware of. If you have specific questions about copyright law you should contact the appropriate legal resources.
Everything original that you write (or draw or paint or whatever), regardless of whether it is an email, a painting, an image, a thesis, a web page, a paragraph on a forum, or anything else is automatically copyright protected by you. It does, of course, have to be recognizable as an original work. Thus, the word “the” in a forum would hardly qualify. The exceptions generally must be spelled out in a contract that is agreed upon. For example, Webmasterworld’s Terms Of Service (TOS) modifies the copyright to both webmasterworld and the original author.
What are copyright laws? How do they affect my firm and how do they affect me? What are my responsibilities and why should I care? These are all questions that most developers and website owners have thought about at one item or another. This article deals with all of these questions and it will give you a starting point for your own firm’s copyright protection plan.