Do It Yourself Copyright Issues -- The Rise of User Generated Content

12/7/2006

Intellectual Property Litigation, Interferences, IP Due Diligence, and Copyright

New York, NY

John F. Delaney

John F. Delaney

Speaking Engagement

YouTube, founded only last year, was purchased last month by Google for a reported $1.65 billion, with Google reportedly holding a $200 million war chest in reserve for possible infringement claim defense. MySpace, founded in 2003, has become the country's third most popular website (behind Yahoo! and Google), with over 106 million registered users.  Even traditional "brick and mortar" media companies are entering the fray, with News Corp. having acquired MySpace and Sony having purchased YouTube competitor Grouper.

 Welcome to the Internet's latest trend -- websites built entirely around content generated by consumers.

YouTube, MySpace, Grouper, Bolt, Facebook, and others are attracting attention from consumers and investors  . . . and also copyright owners. Indeed, a number of these sites have recently been sued in high-profile copyright infringement actions,  the latest being a suit filed by UMG against MySpace, and commentators expect even more litigation to follow.  

Join Gillian Lusins of NBC Universal, Joe Molko of MTV and Mark Fiore of Weil Gotshal & Manges in a panel discussion moderated by Morrison & Foerster's John Delaney on this hot area of copyright law.   Issues to be explored include secondary liability, DMCA safe harbors, click-wrap agreements and collaborative "wiki" content, as well as practical insights for copyright owners seeking to protect their rights and for website operators seeking to minimize their liability exposure.    

As a bonus, we will be viewing some of the most famous -- and infamous -- videos associated with user generated sites.

Presented by The Copyright Society of the U.S.A

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