Tuesday, June 27, 2006


The RIAA is apparently prepping for a war against YouTube and its ilk for the countless infringing works streaming therefrom every day. Henry Jenkins takes a look at the rock and the hard place. The general consensus around the web appears to be (unsurprisingly) that the RIAA is once again fumbling for the blunderbuss in the face of uncertainty, rather than taking the long view. Or is it just doing its job?

In the meantime, and illustrating the fact that unauthorized use of copyrighted material can lead to more than just a nastygram from an industry lawyer, one particularly energetic teen from Massachusetts has gone and snagged herself a contract with Carson Daly's production company on the basis of her YouTube antics.



At 4:36 PM, Anonymous j said...

so which side of the fence do you fall?

At 10:19 AM, Blogger Matthew Saunders said...

A little from column A, a little from column B. The RIAA's actions with respect to infringers have struck me as primarily stalling tactics. That is, while they're happy to win various lawsuits here and there and collect their money, overall they're simply trying to keep busy while the terrain is established.


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