Last Friday, the Center for Copyright Information quietly issued a brief statement that the Copyright Alert System (CAS), the American ISP copyright monitoring scheme that started in 2013, is ceasing operations. The CAS was a graduated response scheme of a different sort from the ones that launched in countries like France, South Korea, and New Zealand. […]
It’s fairly well established by now — thanks to court decisions like Viacom v. YouTube and UMG v. Veoh — that online service operators have no legal duty to proactively police their services for potential copyright infringement. But that doesn’t mean that some services don’t do it anyway. The biggest example is Google’s Content ID system for YouTube, […]
The European Commission published a briefing document last week that marked progress in its initiative to establish a legal framework for a “digital single market” for Europe. This briefing described a proposed directive with several provisions to streamline the use of digital content and promote copyright protection across the EU. The proposed directive itself was published […]
The phrase “If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail” originated with Abraham Kaplan in his seminal 1964 work on behavioral science. He applied it — as many parents have done ever since — to young kids. These days, blockchain technology is a hammer. An excellent illustration of how this applies […]
I am excited to announce that Copyright and Technology NYC 2016 will feature a special presentation of new research: Notice and Takedown in Everyday Practice: Robots, Artisans, and the Fight to Protect Copyrights, Expression and Competition on the Internet. This is a landmark study on how the Notice and Takedown provisions of Section 512 of U.S. […]
This past Monday’s ruling from the Ninth Circuit Appeals Court in Lenz v. Universal Music Group, a/k/a the Dancing Baby Video case, is being hailed as an important one in establishing the role of fair use in the online world. The case involved a common enough occurrence: a homemade video clip of someone’s child, with music (Prince’s “Let’s […]
Will there be an equivalent to Google’s Content ID for live streams?