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Intellectual property issues and profit disparities for viral social media “stars” @ SxSW

March 7, 2017 Leave a comment

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Join me and this extraordinary panel of experts, Michael D. Armstrong (Viacom), Devin Johnson (Uninterrupted), and panel organizer, Simone Bresi-Ando (I’mPOSSIBLE) at SxSW on Tuesday March 14th at 11 AM: Gentrifying Genius: Urban Creators Stripped Bare.

The panel will explore themes around The Fader’s article: “Black Teens Are Breaking The Internet And Seeing None Of The Profits” in a solutions-focused manner that will not only discuss the ecosystem that maintains the inequalities but also ways to protect and monetize their creative genius on social media.

Simone Bresi-Ando of I’mPOSSIBLE explains:

Black and brown youth are missing out on fruitful and ultimately life changing opportunities and rewards from their intellectual property which remains wildly popular but unpaid and uncredited.

Intellectual Property and Social Media

thumbnail_ImP x SxSW 2017 panelist promo INSTAGRAM graphic PROF TONYA EVANSI will adjust the frame of reference by explaining what intellectual property is, how rights are created, what rights creators control and what they give up when they opt-in to social media platforms, and how creators of color, in particular, can better navigate disparities in what I call the “post-to-profit” pipeline.

This disparity, of course, is not new. Similar misappropriation pervades America’s history with creators of color. In the cinematic suspense phenomenon Get Out, Jordan Peele goes a step further beyond cultural appropriation to examine the ultimate misappropriation of black bodies themselves, genius and all.

This will be a rich, engaging, dynamic conversation. Hope to see you there!

London School of Econ & Policy Study Shows File-Sharing HELPS Creative Industries

October 3, 2013 Leave a comment

Source: TorrentFreak.com by Ernesto, Founder & EIC

“The London School of Economics and Political Science has released a new policy brief urging the UK Government to look beyond the lobbying efforts of the entertainment industry when it comes to future copyright policy. According to the report there is ample evidence that file-sharing is helping, rather than hurting the creative industries. The scholars call on the Government to look at more objective data when deciding on future copyright enforcement policies.”

Read the full article Piracy Isn’t Killing the Entertainment Industry, Scholars Say, at TorrentFreak.com

Illegal downloading can cost you $675,000 … ask Joel Tenenbaum!

June 28, 2013 Leave a comment
Protection or overprotection?

“Protection or overprotection?

“This week, the First Circuit affirmed a $675,0000 statutory damages award against college student Joel Tenenbaum for copyright infringement. The Court held that the damages award, based on Tenenbaum’s illegal downloading and distribution of 30 copyrighted songs, was not excessive or a violation of due process.”

Source: JDSupra.com Click here to read the full article about Joel Tenenbaum and statutory damage award

BitTorrent launches Live P2P: “Live streaming by the people, for the people.”

June 22, 2013 Leave a comment

In March, BitTorrent announced it is launching an open beta of BitTorrent Live, its P2P streaming protocol for the average consumer. The company boasts proudly its P2P Streaming motto: “Live streaming by the people, for the people.”

For those who just want to broadcast themselves, whether it’s from their mobile phone, webcam, or a professional video camera, all you have to know is that BitTorrent Live will let you do so with minimal effort. For those wanting more details, the idea is based on the principles of the BitTorrent protocol: it’s designed to make real-time reporting and open expression available to all by eliminating three broadcast barriers: bandwidth, cost, and infrastructure.

Source: TheNextWeb.com Click here to read the complete article about BitTorrent P2P Streaming.

The CAS is coming! The CAS is coming! What “six strikes” means for you (Verizon’s plan LEAKED)

February 28, 2013 Leave a comment

cas-620x344The Copyright Alert System (CAS) is coming!

The CAS is a much-anticipated  [or dreaded] new anti-piracy plan called the “Six Strikes” Copyright Alert System Program. It aims to thwart large-scale piracy of copyrighted works on the Internet. The CAS is the Internet Service Providers’ industry-response to concerns about secondary liability for alleged copyright infringement and piracy committed on their networks.

What it is and How it Works Read more…

Maybe you, like Bruce Willis, think you own your iTunes library … think again!

September 4, 2012 Leave a comment

Source: CNN.com

Today in my first year Property class I plan to discuss how possession of some “thing” is evidence of ownership but possession does not equal ownership in all cases. Possession creates a rebuttable presumption. And Apple’s fine print may just win over an individual’s claims to own music purchased via iTunes. Is that a license or a transfer of title to the music? That’s what Bruce Willis wants to know. Maybe you do too!

A lawfully acquired physical copy, of course, is treated differently. But electronic goods pose challenging questions in the 21st century to what constitutes “ownership” of a lawfully acquired electronic file. Willis’s fight against Apple to pass on ownership of his music collection to his children is case-in-point:

“Bruce Willis has vanquished terrorists, basement rapists and the defenses of Cybill Shepherd. But in his three decades in Hollywood he may not have faced as daunting an opponent as Apple. According to an unconfirmed report in a British publication, Willis wants to bequeath his extensive iTunes music collection to his daughters — something that’s not permitted under the current iTunes terms.”

Read the full article about Bruce Willis and Apple at CNN.com

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Google goes from “info wants to be free” to “misuse of info can cost you”!

August 20, 2012 Leave a comment

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“Starting next week, we will begin taking into account a new signal in our rankings: the number of valid copyright removal notices we receive for any given site,” said Google SVP of engineering Amit Singhal in a blog post. He went on to say, “Sites with high numbers of removal notices may appear lower in our results.”

Perhaps the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and its safe harbor provisions are impacting Google’s policies in more ways than believed possible early on given the company’s previous stance on access to copyrighted information.

Source: InformationWeek.com “Google Joins Copyright Police” August 13, 2012

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