Facebook has updated its terms of service and data use policy recently and the changes have upset many people. I've started seeing more declarations of users' intention to opt-out of provisions of Facebook's terms and conditions. These sorts of declarations seem to be legally binding with their fairly legalistic language but they don't work except... Continue Reading →
Have you ever caught yourself arguing that you can use some content you found on the Web because it is in the "public domain"? Don't feel silly if you have even though you likely misunderstood what the term "public domain" means as a legal term which is very relevant to content use.
South Africans continue to be frustrated by the paucity of legitimate and convenient TV and movie download or streaming options. At the moment DSTV and a limited South African iTunes store are the primary options. Unfortunately this doesn't seem to be enough so more and more consumers are looking to popular video rental service, Netflix, for their entertainment needs. The problem is that Netflix content isn't legally available in South Africa and its likely for the same reason that the local iTunes store lacks TV and some movie content: licensing restrictions.
This talk by Andy Baio presents a realistic and sobering perspective on modern copyright disputes. As he points out, being on the right side of the law may not be enough when you are faced with high legal fees and better funded opponents. http://vimeo.com/62839607
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 I took... Continue Reading →
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 is... Continue Reading →
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 Britons... Continue Reading →
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 provisions... Continue Reading →
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 how... Continue Reading →