Is Pinterest a den of copyright thieves?

Background A debate whether Pinterest is flouting copyright laws by allowing its users to post, or “pin”, images and videos to the site is raging online. If you haven’t heard of Pinterest, it is one of the hottest new social networks that encourages users to share stuff they find on the Web. Pinterest’s focus isContinue reading “Is Pinterest a den of copyright thieves?”

The sky is not falling on the music industry

I tend to talk about Big Media (aka the entertainment industry) on this site quite a bit. The reason for this is pretty simple: Big Media constantly complains about how content “piracy” (its term for infringing music and movie downloads and sharing) is costing the industry enormous amounts of money, jobs and sales. It hasContinue reading “The sky is not falling on the music industry”

Content creators need new attitudes not new censorship

Proposed American censorship legislation, sponsored by the entertainment industry, has sparked a terrific debate about piracy (a problematic metaphor but I’ll use it in this post) and business models. Much of the debate is happening in the United States where the threat to the infrastructure that underlies the Internet has focused minds on underlying challengesContinue reading “Content creators need new attitudes not new censorship”

Proposed US Internet censorship legislation won’t stop piracy but it could kill the Internet

If the US Congress and Senate pass the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act and the PROTECT IP Act censorship legislation it won’t stop piracy. It will make content pirates smarter, more effective and inspire them to develop better tools to circumvent the censorship. Content pirates are doing this already and this legislation will just driveContinue reading “Proposed US Internet censorship legislation won’t stop piracy but it could kill the Internet”

Excellent Ars Technica guide to Creative Commons licenses

Ars Technica (rapidly becoming one of my favorite news and information sources) has published a guide to Creative Commons licenses and Creative Commons licensed images in particular. The guide is titled “Creative Commons images and you: a quick guide for image users” – Here at Ars we’re big fans of Creative Commons, both the ideaContinue reading “Excellent Ars Technica guide to Creative Commons licenses”

Injecting sanity into UK copyright law

British lawmakers are exploring measures to ease an increasingly absurd music licensing restriction as part of a broader copyright reform initiative. According to the New York Times: While taking action against file-sharing, the government is offering a quid pro quo by moving to liberalize the rules on personal copying. Surveys have shown that most BritonsContinue reading “Injecting sanity into UK copyright law”

What Dropbox’s revised Terms of Service mean for you

When Dropbox amended its Terms of Service it sparked a controversy about the popular file sharing and cloud-based storage service’s apparent user content grab. As with virtually all controversies about expanded content licensing provisions, many users feared Dropbox was claiming ownership of their content. This is not correct at all but the amended license provisionsContinue reading “What Dropbox’s revised Terms of Service mean for you”

What Twitpic’s Terms of Service really say about your copyright

The Web is abuzz about indications that popular Twitter-based photo sharing service, Twitpic, recently amended its Terms of Service to give itself the right to sell your photos and videos (“your content”) or otherwise take ownership of your content. This rumour has, understandably, sparked outrage and inspired a series of posts and tweets about howContinue reading “What Twitpic’s Terms of Service really say about your copyright”

Looking to the left of copyright

I just watched a terrific video interview with Neil Gaiman in which he talks about his experiences with what some may consider piracy on the Web. His story is not new to me and a number of popular authors and artists have had similar experiences including Paulo Coehlo and Nine Inch Nails. The story isContinue reading “Looking to the left of copyright”

Presentation on alternative licensing options for synch music deals

I was invited to participate in a panel discussion and make a presentation regarding a licensing framework known in the music industry as “music synch licensing” at the Moshito Music Conference underway at the Museum Africa in Newtown, Johannesburg. What is this framework about? Well chances are you encounter this form of licensing in actionContinue reading “Presentation on alternative licensing options for synch music deals”