ANN7 sings the Streisand Effect blues

News channel ANN7 has been the object of both considerable ridicule and controversy lately. On the one hand, the 24 hour news channel launched by the similarly controversial Gupta family has been criticised for poor production values and content and, on the other hand, an Indian company known as Aiplex Software has been filing take down notices with YouTube in an effort to remove a growing number of satirical videos targeting the fledgling station.

The Facebookification of Instagram’s Terms of Use

Update (2012-12-21): Instagram has published a revised version of the Terms of Use. You can read about the changes in our follow-up post. Instagram announced changes to its Terms of Use and Privacy Policy in an innocuous blog post on 17 December 2012: Our community has grown a lot since we wrote our original termsContinue reading “The Facebookification of Instagram’s Terms of Use”

A panicked Entertainment Industry and its destructive metaphors

  This article was initially published on Mark Lives. This is a modified version. We’re so accustomed to the term “piracy” in the context of copyright infringement that we just accept that it is an appropriate term for what is going on. The Entertainment Industry decries rampant content piracy and how the artists are sufferingContinue reading “A panicked Entertainment Industry and its destructive metaphors”

Hangout: SME’s and taking your business online

Michael Cowen over at No Picket Fence just interviewed me in a Google+ Hangout about some of the legal challenges facing SME’s (Small and Medium Enterprises). The Hangout was streamed to YouTube live and is also available to watch now, after the interview concluded: Google+ Hangouts are terrific. They are easy to use, set upContinue reading “Hangout: SME’s and taking your business online”

Instagram’s new content license (it still doesn’t own your content)

Rian van der Merwe posted a tweet asking me to comment on the changes to Instagram’s Terms of Service: @pauljacobson I thought you might be able to shed some light? b.elezea.com/post/221145426… — Rian van der Merwe (@RianVDM) April 30, 2012 //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Rian posted the new license from the terms on his one blog and IContinue reading “Instagram’s new content license (it still doesn’t own your content)”

Pinterest’s amended terms still leave users exposed

Pinterest (I am going to be a little lazy in this post and refer to “Pinterest” when discussing both the site and its creator, Cold Brew Labs) has been in the spotlight quite a bit lately due to its terms of service as well as content creators’ concerns that their content is being shared withoutContinue reading “Pinterest’s amended terms still leave users exposed”

Pinterest’s hidden threat to its users

We recently wrote about the questionable copyright implications of using Pinterest to “pin” images and videos to the site and to share these items with other Pinterest users. What we didn’t deal with in that post is the consequential threat facing Pinterest users that has persuaded at least one photographer and lawyer to delete herContinue reading “Pinterest’s hidden threat to its users”

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”