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New copyright rules and technology to come
MS, Disney, Viacom, NBC, others involved

 12:59 pm on Oct 18, 2007 (gmt 0)

The Wall Street Journal said this morning "a group of Internet, media and technology companies plans to announce today a set of guidelines they have agreed on aimed at protecting copyrights online..."

The companies supporting the principles include CBS Corp., Dailymotion, Microsoft Corp., NBC Universal, News Corp.'s Fox and MySpace units, Viacom Inc. and Walt Disney Co., the familiar person says. Notably absent is Google Inc., which had been in discussions about possibly joining the group, people familiar with the matter say.

It's said to have some kind of technology involved as well. More news as it happens...



 2:41 pm on Oct 18, 2007 (gmt 0)

The full WSJ story is only available to subscribers, but Reuters gives a little more for free:



 7:09 pm on Oct 18, 2007 (gmt 0)

Here's the link to the official announcement. It will be interesting to see WW's crew take on this.



 8:01 pm on Oct 18, 2007 (gmt 0)

I wonder why they've rushed to go public, when waiting a little longer may have got more key players on board.

I suspect this may do more harm than good, unless they get many, many more names on board.


 1:58 am on Oct 19, 2007 (gmt 0)

Well I'd post the gist of it here, but then I'd fear I'd be in copyright violation.

Ha ha. Just kidding. I'd fear I'd be in danger of really being boring. Here's something fun to do (keeping in mind I started this post, so I can make fun of it): Mark your calendar a year from now and then ask, what ever happened to...

Their slogan is "Enable Creative Expression. Encourage Innovation. Thwart Copyright Infringement." Puting aside any cynical thoughts, I honestly ask, how does what they propose "Enable Creative Expression?" Or "Encourage Innovation?"

Copyright is about allowing people to freely exchange information.


 3:45 am on Oct 19, 2007 (gmt 0)

The next step will be to crawl the web and use the identification technology to find infringers elsewhere, not just on upload sites.


 1:37 pm on Oct 19, 2007 (gmt 0)

I wonder why Google was missing at the this meeting? :)

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