The Internet

Big media videos play small role on YouTube, study finds

A Reuters article (republished by the Globe and Mail) discusses a study that confirms what many of us have been suggesting for a while: that non-infringing video content that is peer produced, user generated, or otherwise authorized by the copyright holders to be published account for the vast majority of videos on sites like YouTube.

What if ... YouTube were sued in Canada?

Jeremy deBeer, Assistant Professor at University of Ottawa in the Faculty of Law, has published an interesting "what if" speculation about the areas of Canadian law that would apply in a service like Google's YouTube was sued in Canada.

He ends with this important note:

To sum up, sites that host peer-produced content would be on very shaky ground under Canadian law. This is something that our policymakers must think about if and when proposed reforms are eventually reintroduced.

Parliamentary Press Gallery shuts down blogger?

An interesting article by blogger Stephen Taylor (Who calls himself a "Conservative Party of Canada Pundit") about a recent event on parliament hill where the legacy media outlets seem to have abused security to have this blogger removed.

If security on the Hill is the responsibility of the Speaker, and if I have been granted access to most non-privileged areas of the Hill by the Speaker, what authority does an official of the PPG have in calling in the guard to have me removed from perhaps the most public area of the Hill?

Moms help moms through blogs

A Christian Science Monitor article by Barbara Curtis talks about how stay-at-home parents (only moms mentioned in this article) are moving away from television to participating in Weblogs and online communities.

When major media freaked at the news last month that moms in droves were ditching TV morning shows in favor of mommy blogs, one group wasn't at all surprised – the mommy bloggers and readers themselves.

I'm a Green, Hedy Fry is Blue, Nickie is a Space Cadet, lets hang out in the Tiki Bar

(Also carried by p2pnet)
There have been a number of ideas that have been bumping around my head the past few weeks that need to be pushed out onto this BLOG after listening to This Week in Tech Episode #92. The episode was about user generated content, which included the Vancouver based hosts of the Tiki Bar. What they were talking about reminded me of my recent meeting with the Honourable Hedy Fry, the Member of Parliament for Vancouver Center.

Canadian broadcasting community seeks greater regulation of (non-Broadcast) new media.

Michael Geist's weekly Law Bytes column (Toronto Star version, homepage version) focuses on the growing push from the Canadian broadcasting community to revisit the CRTC's 1999 New Media decision, in which Canada's broadcasting regulator took a hands-off approach to the Internet. The support for greater regulation is often couched in Canadian content terms, but he argues that the current changes have the potential to dramatically alter Canadian content production from one mandated by government regulation to one mandated by market survival.

An End Run on (US) Copyright Law

Google's Managing Counsel (Litigation) Michael Kwun has a letter to the editor of the Washington Post in reply to an opinion piece by a Viacom lawyer. In this letter Mr. Kwun states that the law is clear and on the side of Google. It also suggests that Viacom themselves seem unable to accurately determine what videos infringe on their content, so their expectation that Google can do it (and do it at Googles cost) is unreasonable.

Wi-fi buses drive rural web use

A BBC article by Technology correspondent Jason Margolis talks about how buses equipped with wi-fi are being used to retrieve web content cached in remote rural villages in the developing world.

"There's only 0.003% percent of the web that rural India cares about," he told BBC News.

"They want to know the cricket scores, they want to see the new Aishwarya Rai photos, and they want to hear a sample of the latest Bollywood tunes."

Maybe Google Wanted to be Sued: YouTube and Plan B

I want to draw attention to an interesting BLOG article by Michi Kono that talks about how Google knew that the lawsuits against YouTube, and likely bought them to ensure that it was Google defending YouTube and not the smaller YouTube defending YouTube.

There are critical questions of law that will be decided in this case, and anyone who cares about the future of the Internet for Peer Production and user generated content should be thankful that it is Google that is taking this on.

What the Internet is, and what it is not.

An article on p2pnet includes a Web version of PDF submission to the FTC from Jay Sulzberger on the Internet.

Now cable TV is not the Internet, but most speakers at the FTC's workshop spoke of the Net in ways that treated it as if it were just a form of interactive TV, with some extra special services bundled with interactive TV, "web viewing", email, and doubtfully, voice over IP.

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