Saturday, October 21, 2006

Guess it was just a matter of time. Now sit back and wait for the knock at your door.

Blogspot blog 101 Great Goals has been ordered to remove all footage of Premiership goals from its pages, since their inclusion contravenes copyright laws.

Most clips were actually hosted on YouTube, and 101 Great Goals merely linked to them. The clips are having to be removed from YouTube too. This comes hot on the heels of almost 30,000 clips being removed from YouTube after "the Japan Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers found 29,549 music video, movie and TV clips had been posted without permission". [Source: BBC News]

The anti-blogging backlash begins here, I guess. Suddenly, now that YouTube is owned by a big concern, it is worth taking notice of it.

I may be wrong, but I dare say there are very few blogs out there that don't contain some copyrighted material. Everyone, surely, has uploaded an album cover pic or a movie poster or a photo of their favourite author, actor, singer, whatever. Get ready to receive your
e-mail from the powers that be.


Blogger mister anchovy said...

Since being bought by Google, YouTube is effectively dead. That doesn't mean it won't be a huge financial success for Google (but as something else really).... it was interesting really because it openly challenged traditional notions of copyright protection. I post some material I find there, and I believe that for the most part, that is likely to increase sales rather than decrease. For instance, I have a video posted by a pretty obscure blues guy named T-Model Ford. I think if people really like what he does and discover him on mister anchovy, they will order up his CDs. I post a occasional mp3s too. I usually add some kind of statement about it being for educational use, and urging people to support the performer, and I mean that. I generally only keep that stuff posted for a limited period of time. I like to share music that isn't all that popular to a mass audience, folk music from different cultures, American roots music, accordion music, and so on. I don't expect that it will be worth anyone's while to bother me about - but I wouldn't be surprised if along the way, somebody asked me to take stuff down.

21 October, 2006 16:55  
Blogger Gardenia said...

OOOOoooops - blogs are becoming powerful tools. I visit Iranian blogs occassionaly - underground resistance there! I wonder how time consuming it is monitoring us - how many people now have jobs because of us?

21 October, 2006 17:19  
Blogger Pickled Olives said...

crap! And i was just getting decent at posting this stuff :o(

21 October, 2006 21:12  
Blogger _z. said...

what now! I should be getting emails then anytime now.

22 October, 2006 04:54  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with Mr. Anchovy. Blogging often calls attention to some obscure stuff that otherwise would never see the light of day. Seems to me that as long as credit is given to original author of original material, everyone should just be happy for some free advertising.

22 October, 2006 16:24  
Anonymous Ranting Dullard said...

I worry about my employers finding my blog. Nothing breaking confidentiality obviously but even so.....

22 October, 2006 17:26  
Blogger Martha Elaine Belden said...

i agree with above posters... as long as credit is given where due, there shouldn't be a problem... but i imagine my say doesn't count for much :)

23 October, 2006 21:37  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

I agree with everyone here!

If we are not making any money off of the things we put on our blogs, where the fuck is the harm?

These people are dumb. And add to that the fact that mostly these "properties" are not given the respect they deserve, then what better than for people to share the love and increase interest, even -- and especially -- if only on a small scale?

24 October, 2006 16:33  

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