Little people, big lawsuits

Originally posted 2008-01-10 11:18:01. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

The Washington Post reports on legal action taken by ordinary folk against Big IP Content Generating institutions for lifting and using “user-generated” content, i.e., pictures and stuff uploaded onto blogs and galleries by regular people. The corporations are doing this, evidently, in the quest for authentic authenticity. There will be spanking.

This is an odd quote, though, from Lawrence Lessig:

What’s noteworthy in each of these cases, Lessig says, “is that bloggers, a community typically associated with piracy, are rallying in support of copyright.”

Is that a fair “association”? Hat tip to erstwhile blogger “Penny Wit.”

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2 Responses to “Little people, big lawsuits”

  1. pennywit
    January 11, 2008 at 10:31 am #

    The Washington Post reports on legal action taken by ordinary folk against Big IP Content Generating institutions for lifting and using “user-generated” content, i.e., pictures and stuff uploaded onto blogs and galleries by regular people. The corporations are doing this, evidently, in the quest for authentic authenticity. There will be spanking.
    This is an odd quote, though, from Lawrence Lessig:

    What’s noteworthy in each of these cases, Lessig says, “is that bloggers, a community typically associated with piracy, are rallying in support of copyright.”

    Is that a fair “association”? Hat tip to erstwhile blogger “Penny Wit.”

    I’m not sure it is a fair association. I mean, that a blogger — even an erstwhile blogger — would copy something wholesale without adding any value …

    –|PW|–

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