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How does Buzzfeed work? and is it legal ?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by wolfix, Jun 11, 2013.

  1. wolfix

    wolfix Newbie

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    Hello, im thinking about start to create a local Buzzfeed website for my country (czech). I think I good understand how buzzfeed works - they are checking hot topics&trend on social media, news and blogs. Content could be add by "admins" and users - but my question is, does buzzfeed have a permission for using pictures and contet from other sites?

    What do you think ?
     
  2. Ricky Roma

    Ricky Roma Regular Member

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    No they dont have permissions, nor they ask for it. Even their popular list are stolen from less famous blogs.
    Basically since part of the content is user generated you just have to be DMCA compliant.
     
  3. weblues

    weblues Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Yes, you are right about how it works and Buzzfeed was sued I think last year (2012) for publishing copyrighted celebrity photo without permission, so legal implication assessment is necessary.
     
  4. igniteimages

    igniteimages Regular Member

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    You could check out passle - it seems to embed stories from other blogs.
     
  5. Ricky Roma

    Ricky Roma Regular Member

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    Yeah I think it was prolly because that celeb photo belonged to Getty Images or some other big corporation. You should stay away celeb and stock pictures (not paid) since they belong to companies and those guys can sue :)
     
  6. wolfix

    wolfix Newbie

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    Thx for information!
     
  7. zep123dmc

    zep123dmc Junior Member

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    http://paidcontent.org/2013/06/18/photographer-sues-buzzfeed-for-3-6m-over-viral-sharing-model/
    Original photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/eiselein/4006046187/
    Article that (first) used the image: http://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/the-30-funniest-header-faces (notice the difference between the url and the title of the article)
    https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2013/06/buzzfeed-faces-36-million-copyright-suit-not-so-much


    I'd say Buzzfeed is a huge copyright infringing website Look for those creative common licenses, kids
     
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