Owning Content? Not If You Are Tiny and Smallish

August 8, 2012

I read a Google Plus post from Lon at this link. I think it would be semi helpful if posts had titles and author inserted dates. But, hey, I am tiny. Actually I am insignificant. I have come to accept my smallness. Yet, unlike me, Lon is not happy. He had a public domain video from NASA taken “down” from YouTube. Some “real” journalists asserted that the NASA video was their intellectual property. In the present governmental set up, these outfits might be correct. Who knows? Lon writes:

I just came home to my inbox filled with dispute claims from no less than FIVE news organizations claiming this footage as their own.  BS. It’s mine. And now YouTube says it might start running ads against content I created and handing that money over to these crooks who are essentially bigger players with the ability to claim rights to content they do not own. The worst part is that Google clearly is not requiring these "rightsholders" prove they actually own the content. But it’s somehow incumbent upon me to prove my innocence.  This is outright theft of my content – plain and simple.

I am in no position to figure out if YouTube is doing its job well or the algorithm is one of those summer intern things. I don’t know if the content is in the public domain.Didn’t World War II bombers carried logos and messages? Maybe the ?NASA video is a logical extension of branding. Does the Curiosity have corporate sponsorship?

A happy quack to http://www.diecastaircraftforum.com/military-model-aircraft/87621-1-72-b-1b.html.

Perhaps everything is fair game in the government. A certain Illinois elected official made an attempt to sell a governmental office. The General Services Administration tries to run itself as a business. The lobbyist I met for breakfast two years ago suggested he “owned” a contact in some entity in DC.

The notion of fair seems to be fuzzy particularly if one if tiny. When one if big like Apple and Samsung, “fair” gets a real work out. I assert that it is tough to search for a content object when it has been “disappeared.” Trimming content to reduce information overload could be a benefit to some. Honk.

Stephen E Arnold, August 8, 2012

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