What hath Man wrought? This is some seriously awesome tech, but I mean… kinda scary, right? William Gibsonhad this to say:
We just pushed out a new version of the CLCT website. Kudos to Daniel Carrico for all the heavy lifting!
And say, who’s that gentleman holding the hammer? He looks like a pro.
Today, the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing about the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). SOPA — along with its Senate counterpart, PROTECT-IP — is a disaster waiting to happen. Calling it a blunt instrument would be a compliment. Essentially, it gives private actors the extrajudicial power to cut off traffic and advertising money to sites that are 99.9% legitimate, but happen to have a few links or pages related to infringing materials. I’m not talking about random websites, either: Etsy. Flickr. Tumblr. All of them could face crippling liability that undercuts the existing DMCA notice-and-takedown system that — while most definitely imperfect — has enabled the birth and flourishing some of the most innovative websites we have today.
I just published a new post on William & Mary’s Student IP Society blog about the Romney campaign’s recent decision to pull down an attack ad from the Internet, after CNN approached them about the use of clips from their programming — specifically, the debate they hosted. Although the campaign maintained their use was protected “under the law,” it complied with CNN’s request as a courtesy. It seems likely the campaign’s use of the content is fair, but obviously the last thing they want is to waste resources on copyright issues.
Read more analysis in the full post.