Like most legal subjects dealing with technology, copyright law is lagging behind the fast-moving and disruptive changes wrought by social media to old legal rules for determining rights to Internet content. Things may at last be getting a bit more settled.
In the continuing conflict between social media and copyright law, only time will tell. Once again, disruptive technology is caught in the middle.
I’ve posted the slides from my recent SocialStrat presentation on managing enterprise legal risks in social media.
[Part I of this series of essays can be found at this permalink]. 2. Who Owns User-Generated Content? Who owns user-generated content (UGC) posted to social media sites? This is but one of the many vexing issues presented by the emerging law of social media, albeit one of great interest to users, corporate subscribers and […]
Informed observers should regard pronouncement of social media law as tentative. The traditional rules applicable to social interactions may apply, or may apply differently, in the context of social media. In other respects, social media may upend traditional notions of legal status and privacy.
Facebook was possibly wrong (although correct from a customer relationship standpoint) to argue that it needed a license from one user to display his/her content on the “Wall” of another user, even when the first person had affirmatively decided to share that UGC by posting it within Facebook.