And the gunmen are the DMCA's safe harbor provisions and MGM v. Grokster.
Issue-spotting the Live Web, attorney Denise Howell muses about cutting edge technology-related legal issues.
<p>Denise Howell is an appellate, intellectual property and technology lawyer who enjoys broad industry recognition for her expertise on the intersection of emerging technologies and law. For further details please see her <a href="http://www.bagandbaggage.com/practice/">professional background</a> and <a href="http://www.bagandbaggage.com/speaking/">speaking schedule</a>.</p> <p>Denise's career is characterized by her passionate engagement in intellectual property issues, technology, media, and all forms of online communication. She writes one of the first law-related weblogs, <a href="http://bagandbaggage.com/">Bag and Baggage</a> and coined the term "blawg" as shorthand for legal weblog. She hosts <a href="http://twit.tv/twil">this WEEK in LAW</a> on <a href="http://twit.tv/">TWiT,</a> probing the areas where technology and society intersect in ways that present new, unique, or difficult issues under existing and developing law, and has a further audio series at IT Conversations, <a href="http://soundpolicy.net/">Sound Policy</a>. She is a regular columnist for The American Lawyer magazine. Denise is a member of the <a href="http://identitygang.org/">Identity Gang</a>, <a href="http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/projectvrm/Main_Page">Project VRM</a>, a board member of the <a href="http://attentiontrust.org/">Attention Trust</a>, and an advisory board member of <a href="http://lisensa.com/">Lisensa</a>/<a href="http://www.toptensources.com/">Top Ten Media</a> and the <a href="http://lpig.org/">Law and Policy Institutions Guide</a></p>
There were about 10 minutes left to go on our legal panel here at the Podcast and Portable Media Expo when Mollie Chaney, BMI's Manager for Internet Licensing, chimed in with a comment that conveyed BMI's interest in making life easier for podcasters. We then watched, entertained, as for the rest of the session she proceeded to give out what must have been her every last business card with the dexterity of a Vegas dealer.
I'm at the Podcast and Portable Media Expo, where I ran into my friend Rick Klau with Feedburner. Rick just rattled off these amazing stats:Feedburner is receiving some 250 million requests per day on the feeds for the approximately 400,000 feeds it is managing.
And Lionhead Studios (now owned by Microsoft), as it turns out, means that pretty literally. My last post triggered a fascinating discussion in the comments about what one may or may not do with machinima films created using The Movies.
What do you get when you cross: a good musician, Creative Commons, accessible authoring, creation, and hosting tools, and engaged listeners? The Jonathan Coulton Project.
As copyright enforcement strategies go, licensing beats litigation any day (and DRM isn't even in this race)
The big news today is Warner Music Group's agreement to license music to YouTube and its users. TechCrunch has some details as to how this is likely to work: YouTube and Warner Music Group Corp.
Yesterday, I glimpsed the phrase "Answers From Lawyers Who Defend Against RIAA Suits" on my screensaver, which displays Slashdot headlines via RSS.
Reuters and other outlets are reporting that yesterday Universal Music Group Chief Executive Doug Morris had these fighting words for MySpace and YouTube: We believe these new businesses are copyright infringers and owe us tens of millions of dollars. .
In the last three years there have been two developments that have prompted more change in thinking and approach to music licensing than anything the 20th century had to offer (save perhaps the original Napster). The first is Creative Commons, which fosters an ever-growing ecosystem around liberally licensed music.
The Los Angeles Times reports that serveral music industry organizations, including Warner Music Group and Atlantic Records, are being sued by a sixteen-year-old girl who responded to a MySpace ad touting the opportunity to appear as an extra in a Buckcherry video. According to the plaintiff, she was not carded but was given alcohol before her ensuing Girls Gone Wild-esque behavior was captured for posterity.
Based on the reactions of many of those who attended oral argument before the California Supreme Court in Barrett v. Rosenthal, indications are strong that the Court will come down on the side of protecting those who provide a platform for, but do not author or edit, third party comments online.
As MMORPGs continue to grow in popularity and economic significance, so do the legal issues surrounding acts undertaken in virtual worlds.
Is was all but inevitable that several of Lore Sjöberg's hysterical (in a "yes, these are fiction, but so close to distilled truth you have to guffaw" kind of way) Ultimate Blog Posts would poke fun at weblog coverage of legal issues: Boing Boing: Crocheted replica of subway map cracks DRM on collection of old video games. Slashdot: AMD, SCO patent MP3 over TCP/IP, sue ATI, EA.
If you haven't checked out Wex yet, you should. It's a collaborative body of free legal information under the auspices of the Legal Information Institute at Cornell Law School.
If you have not yet taken Google Apps for your Domain out for a test drive, c|net's Rafe Needleman has an introductory video and review available: Google wants to get inside your small business. Like many who have examined this dipping of the G-toe into business data management, Rafe thinks "this is a very early, very 1.