Is Skype inducing infringement? Five things they should do to prove they're not

Skype Journal blogger Phil Wolff thinks that in the light of yesterday's U.S.

Skype Journal blogger Phil Wolff thinks that in the light of yesterday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling that software makers are liable for copyright-infringement if they induce or promote such uses, Skype attorneys are probably really busy today.

Phil thinks that Skype's lawyers are- or at least should - be checking the "Share Skype" animations, feature sets and documentation to ensure that any infringement is not being encouraged.

Phil recommends Skype take immediate action to minimize their potential vulnerability to infringement promotion charges. He says that Skype should no longer tell users that they can:

  • Play copyrighted music from their computers over the phone;
  • Play unlicensed music in voice mail announcements and messages;
  • Use Skype's file transfer feature to swap MP3 files or movies;
  • Listen to the copyrighted soundtrack to a movie playing on someone else's televison while you watch it on vSkype or Video34Skype;
  • Copy and paste the lyrics of a song to a "Skype friend" without a performing rights society (such as ASCAP, BMI or SESAC) clearance.