Copyright in real-time

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This post from BusinessWeek touches on some interesting issues regarding copyright and the emerging realities of a real-time web.

Copyright law wasn’t written with today’s content consumption in mind. The way online video copyright functions is based on a reading of the 10-year-old Digital Millennium Copyright Act that equates video hosting sites with Internet service providers. That law provides a “safe harbor” for hosts who respond to copyright claims by taking down infringing content “expeditiously.”

There doesn’t seem to be widespread motivation to modernize that process. Viacom is suing YouTube for $1 billion , claiming YouTube should take more responsibility than the current reading of DMCA requires — but that’s plodding along in the courts . Meanwhile, Internet users are sharing and consuming content at a furious rate. And what’s being called the “real-time web” is even less equipped to deal with copyright infringement. READ MORE

2 Comments to Copyright in real-time

  1. Lance, I’ve been reading this same argument about the need to modernize copyright for 15 years. The problem seems to be that there is no will, desire or understanding from capitol hill to change anything. There is a can of worms aspect here that large corporations are desperate to keep a lid on: “fair use.”

    I wouldn’t hold my breath for any change soon as it can take forever for case law to get to and through the supreme court.

  2. I agree but what struck me about this is the impact that real-time streams have when combined with storytelling. We’re moving into a social entertainment phase where the way stories are told, delivered and experienced will only further challenge what is copyright. Especially as audiences move from passive to story contributors.

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