Nov 11th 2006
This Week in Law 2
The Blogger in Question
Breaking the Google YouTube story, RSS copyrights, and the legal obligations of legal bloggers...
- It was Michael Arrington who posted the then completely unsubstantiated, ultimately completely true rumor that Google was about to acquire YouTube.
- Leo and John on TWiT had what turned out to be a pretty humorous reaction to the Wall Street Journal's reliance on Michael, "a blogger," as a source for its coverage.
- EFF's Fred von Lohmann provided Denise's favorite analysis of the copyright ramifications of the YouTube acquisition, in an interview with John Battelle. (Further terrific insights on this front came after we recorded the show, from Columbia law professor Tim Wu.)
- There is ongoing and often heated discussion and debate about whether and under what circumstances the mere act of publishing an RSS feed implies a license to use and/or redistribute the included material.
- RSS is being used in ways you might not have thought about. Lots of them. (If you find this fascinating, you'll love Steve Rubel's entire RSS post category.)
- Politicians and others would do well to remember that C-SPAN's feeds, audio, and video are only licensed for personal, noncommercial use.
- Angsuman Chakraborty created a WordPress plugin for including copyright information in a feed.
- The failure of lawyer advertising rules to keep pace with online realities may chill lawyer blogging, even though blawgs frequently are more about speech and information sharing than advertising.
- Robert Scoble's link to some Crazy Frogs had us in stitches. (Er, make that Maryam's and Gia's link.)
Special thanks to UK musician Nigel Clutterbuck who created and performs the TWiL theme music — a.k.a. "Endorphins On My Mind."
Special further thanks to Paul Figgiani and Doug Kaye (GigaVox Media), Steve Holden(TechNewsRadio), and Victor Cajiao (Typical PC User Podcast; Typical Mac User Podcast; Immigration Tales Podcast), for audio and moral support.
Thanks to CacheFly for the bandwidth for this show.