Msg#: 3726960 posted 9:33 am on Aug 20, 2008 (gmt 0)
I have a website which allows users to create a 'homepage' with simple HTML. Many of the users choose to embed video (youtube etc) and audio via 3rd party embedded players.
Often I get complaints from people who are on the rampage trying to shut down any reproduction of material by people without the appropriate licenses etc, and whilst I agree that if people are breaking the law it's not right - but is it actually my responsibility to police the content as it is being pulled from a third party website? I always direct the complainants to the site or service which is actually hosting the material. That is the crux of it really - what is the definition of 'hosting'? And how far could it be taken - simply linking to other sites which then in turn contain copyrighted material?
Quite possibly with certain cases I would need a lawyer but just wondered what you guys think.