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Is embedded content considered content you're hosting?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by mutatedllama, Jul 14, 2011.

  1. mutatedllama

    mutatedllama Regular Member

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    I just wondered from a copyright point of view. My specific situation is a TV Show website - would I be best offering links to Megavideo etc. or directly embedding their content?
     
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    If you publish link or embeded the videos it is the same you are an editor so you are responsible for your content.

    But if you make a legit forum and you don't moderate the messages. Then, you are not an editor and you are not responsible for your content. If you moderate you are responsible.
     
  3. IndianGrad

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    So the trick is allow users to post and have your "forum" (site) un-moderated with you as the only user by another name maybe.... or even create multiple names :p

    To just make it more legit and restrict other user signups, have a registration fee of 1000$ :p
     
  4. mutatedllama

    mutatedllama Regular Member

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    Interesting. Do you guys know off the top of your heads a wordpress plugin that would allow this?

    Edit: Forgot to say thanks! How rude of me.
     
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  5. britcpa

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    only discovered this for myself a while ago & as a result, i promptly mothballed a project i was toying with that involved a popular tv show- think it was on a WSO thread for CPA RE-DIRECTOR (which amongst other things is a software for uploading videos to youtube). anyway, the owner of the software posted a c+p article about DMCA which spelled out very clearly that if you post links from your own site to videos on youtube which are in breach of copyright, YT arent held repsonsible due to an agreement theyve reached with the copyright holders, but YOU will/can be sued.

    first of all, i was like "wtf?!!!!!" & then, i realised i'd had a lucky escape because the last thing im after, is some years down the road an innocuous envelope lands on my mat and the lawyers letter inside it is telling me that a website i built 6 years ago which earned me a couple of thou is now responsible for me being sued for $x,xxx,xxxx

    there are thoughtless actions that some people are taking now which will come back to haunt them & i, aint going to be one of those people.

    you only have to read some of the threads about importing fake merchandise to realise that bit-by-bit, your online trails will end up with you being hunted down and being sued for breach of copyright or charged with some kind of criminal offence.

    neither outcome is necessary if you keep your nose clean and be sensible about what you do - i.e just saying NO to some of your own ideas or somebody elses offers, is often enough to keep you walking the straight and narrow.

    i realise there are some proper blackhat bad boys out there, but there are two types - very clever and very criminal, well, i suppose there might be a third type too, which is the criminal mind with amazing techy skills.

    the clever ones have skill sets that are way beyond mine so they'll be comfortable taking whatever risks theyre comfortable with because they believe that they know how to remain invisible and then there are the other type who dont have the skillsets necessary for anonymity, but whose morals wont ever stop them from pulling a stroke that earns them a few bob. i suppose there are also the stupid types who just dont think it through and then there are the ignorant ones who had no idea they were doing anything wrong (im thinking of people who dont post content on their sites (copyrighted content that belongs to a 3rd party) but to get around that, they post links to a youtube video on the assumptioin that theyre "not personally breaching any copyright laws, its YOUTUBE that are going to be in breach...."

    policing of the DMCA will become more and more of an issue as time goes on and if youve done something with copyrighted content in the past that you now regret, theres not a lot you can do about it other than let your domains expire if they havent already, because you'll either get a lawyers letter or you wont, but to start something now that involves copyrighted material, well, you're asking for trouble.....

    .....hopefully, the information contained within this thread about breaching the DMCA will warn you against it, or having read this thread, you will warn your friends against it.