Archive for the ‘lawsuit’ Category

Using Copyrighted Music in Videos: When is it Legal?

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015
Using Copyrighted Music in Videos: When is it Legal?Copyright law can be a minefield to navigate, and many thousands of creators may not even be aware that they are in breach of the law by using copyrighted music in their videos. We take a look at the issues surrounding copyright, and how video creators can stay legal.

Facebook and Freebooting: Is Enough Being Done to Protect Video Creators?

Friday, February 6th, 2015
Facebook and Freebooting: Is Enough Being Done to Protect Video Creators?Freebooting is the act of uploading other people's original content for personal gain, and it is becoming a huge issue in online video. Facebook doesn't have a comprehensive copyright tracking feature right now, and too many users are getting away with uploading (not just sharing) content that doesn't belong to them.

The Four Big Myths About Copyright And Online Video

Monday, July 14th, 2014
The Four Big Myths About Copyright And Online VideoCopyright protection has changed from a practical standpoint since the age of the internet. While the laws protecting creators have strengthened since 1996, the practicality and ease of using copyrighted images and videos makes protecting your work a constant challenge. We take a look at the four big myths surrounding copyright and online video.

Viacom, Google Bury Hatchet Over YouTube Copyright Allegations

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014
Viacom, Google Bury Hatchet Over YouTube Copyright AllegationsThe Viacoogle war is over! Viacom and Google settled out of court in a copyright lawsuit that's gone on longer than many have been watching video on the web (heck longer than I've been at ReelSEO). After seven grueling years it seems that Viacom is satisfied with Google's handling of copyright infringement now and decided to end it.

Video is the Next Big Analytics Wave for Everything and Everyone

Monday, January 27th, 2014
Video is the Next Big Analytics Wave for Everything and EveryoneFrom better traffic patterns to less perishable food loss, the potential for digital video as a big data source is unlimited. But we will have to choose wisely how it is used. Placing a new Starbucks? Sure. Trying to prevent crimes before they happen by profiling citizens? No thank you.

YouTube: What Does Keep Your Account In Good Standing Really Mean?

Monday, October 28th, 2013
YouTube: What Does Keep Your Account In Good Standing Really Mean?Do you know if your YouTube account is in good standing or what that even means? Do you know the difference between a copyright strike and a community guidelines strike? How do you know whether your video has triggered a Content ID match? Read our guide for more details.

Ray William Johnson Throws Down Gauntlet to Maker Studios

Monday, April 29th, 2013
Ray William Johnson Throws Down Gauntlet to Maker StudiosRay William Johnson left Maker Studios back in October 2012, and then...things got ugly. Johnson is claiming that Maker Studios is holding his AdSense account and won't give it back. And now that the original contract has expired, he says he still hasn't gotten it. RWJ to Maker: Lawyer up.

Judge OKs Facebook Sponsored Ads Lawsuit On Privacy Grounds

Monday, December 19th, 2011

Sponsored stories on Facebook has got the company into hot water in California. U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh has allowed the lawsuit to proceed and rejected Facebook’s bid to dismiss it stating:

Plaintiffs have articulated a coherent theory of how they were economically injured by the misappropriation of their names, photographs and likeness

According to MarketingLand: The basis of the lawsuit is that the sponsored stories are paid ads that pull in personal posts, pictures and names without consent. By displaying this personal information, Facebook is violating California Law regarding commercial endorsements. Here is an excerpt from California Civil Code Section 3344:

(a) Any person who knowingly uses another’s name, voice, signature, photograph, or likeness, in any manner on or in products, merchandise, or goods, or for purposes of advertising or selling, or soliciting purchases of products, merchandise, goods or services, without such person’s prior consent, or, in the case of a minor, the prior consent of his parent or legal guardian, shall be liable for any damages sustained by the person or persons injured as a result thereof.

ComputerWorld has a great article on how Facebook sponsored ads violate your privacy.