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chris at crowriver.net
Mon Jun 12 15:16:40 EDT 2006
Thanks to Trebor for a very illuminating and discursive post: I regret
not being able to make a suitably lengthy response just now.
In the meantime, continuing the (blossoming) Web 2.0 threads, a quick
pointer to a couple of recent articles by Andrew Orlowski in the
venerable IT news/gossip site The Register. Orlowski asks some direct
questions about what exactly the legal and ownership relationships are
between the owners of these social networking sites and the terabytes
of "user generated content" (it even has an acronym now - UGC). The
quotes give a flavour.
YouTube owns YourStuff, Monday 12th June 2006
"In its Terms & Conditions, the wildly popular video sharing site
YouTube emphasizes that "you retain all of your ownership rights in
your User Submissions". There's quite a large "BUT...", however. Not
only does YouTube retain the right to create derivative works, but so
do the users, and so too, does YouTube's successor company. Since
YouTube has all the hallmarks of a very shortlived business - it's
burned through $11.5m of venture investment (Sequoia Capital is the
fall guy here) and has no revenue channels - this is more pertinent
than may appear."
Billy Bragg prompts Myspace rethink, Thursday 8th June 2006
"In the much hyped "Web 2.0" world of "user generated content", punters
are expected to contribute their works for commercial exploitation for
nothing. While MySpace is pretty unambiguous about copyright,
exploitation isn't so much a distant temptation, but an integral part
of its business."
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