Archive for the ‘Web Law’ Category


YouTube sends Arrington Copyright Infringement Cease and Desist, Huh, Wha?

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I too see the irony in Mike’s amazement that an attorney from YouTube has sent Techcrunch a cease and desist letter for copyright infringement.

The real criticism analysts, bloggers, legal types, and traditional media have is with YouTube content infringing on the copyrights of protected materials.  In the last weeks since the YouTube acquisition from Google, YouTube has been purging some content.

This tool provided by Techcrunch allows users to download the video to one’s hard drive.  From a web strategy standpoint, this would move the eyeballs away from the YouTube website, where potential ad revenues and other contextual information may be available.

I suspect with new parents, YouTube is doing everything they can do to stay clean.

Lastly, I find it ironic that YouTube attorney sent Mike an email, voice message, which he could barely find, as he’s quite the popular guy.  Perhaps they should have left the cease and desist information in his comments, or from a blog, which is a preffered communication medium among us web types!

Blog and go to Jail: “Those who spread untruths on the Net will be detained”

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Interesting article that the Prime Minister of Malaysia says the following in regards to blogs:

If information in blogs, websites and online portals were incorrect, bordered on slander, caused disturbance or compelled the public to lose faith in the nation’s economic policies, their authors would be detained for investigation, said Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.”

“We cannot allow such matters to flow through uncontrolled,” he told newsmen after attending a briefing on the proposed Islamic Civilisation Park in Pulau Wan Man here.

“They say all kinds of things, make all kinds of dubious claims. We cannot allow them to abuse the freedom earned under the media. If left alone, they can say or pass on all kinds of things.”

This includes mobile phones as well:

“Abdullah also said that those who sent out such information via short message system (SMS) would also be held accountable.”

Link via David Merrill, Colleague and Blogger.

Robert and Son Scoble Banned from Second Life

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Scoble and Son are banned from Second life. Robert reports that he broke the Linden law and now faces a pretty hefty time out. I’m sure if Second Life is making an example of their most well known advocate, and they will have to let them back in.

Robert, Patrick –now’s a great time to get outdoors and have some fun. Here’s the pictures proving Patrick the minor is running around second life in the adult area.

I did a podcast with Chris Salazar (at the time he was 20 years old and a new user) and even briefly interview Robert Scoble. He warned about this –I guess it was just a matter of time before Linden Labs caught up with them.

Rules are Rules, but I hope Linden Labs lets Robert and Son back in..