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NewsRight: The Digital Revolution the Newspaper Industry has been waiting for

NewsRight: The Digital Revolution the Newspaper Industry has been waiting for

By Adam K., Andrea B., and Charles B.

NewsRight, a spinoff of the Associated Press joined by 28 other major U.S. news organizations, is an online news registry and licensing corporation.[i] Currently tracking content from 841 newspaper sites,[ii] and with $30 million already invested,[iii]NewsRight licenses and monitors news content and other intellectual property in the digital world. NewsRight uses this information to “bridge the [revenue] gap” that content producers experience online.[iv]

Since the mid-2000s, as the Internet forced a shift in traditional publishing paradigms, news media has seen consistent declines in revenue.[v] Not only are readers able to copy and share articles quickly and easily, but also commercial entities have found significant profit in aggregating news stories from a variety of publishers in one simple presentation. The Huffington Post is one such successful example that integrates copyrighted content with its own original content.[vi] Online platforms such as blogs are readily able to take copyrighted content, whether news stories, magazine articles, or pictures, and then republish that content on their own site without paying a license or crediting the original producer.  Readers then opt to visit the blogs instead of the content producers websites, thereby depriving the content producers of the full return on their investment.

The founding CEO, and former ABC News president, of NewsRight has publically stated, “we’re not a litigation shop.”[vii] The primary purpose of the company is to help correct the current imbalance in the news content marketplace by brokering relationships between publishers and reproducers.[viii]

Like its many members, NewsRight sees this practice as siphoning revenue away from those who have to invest to create such content.  Many news-aggregating services are infringing original news content and commercially benefiting.[ix] These aggregators do not incur the cost of hiring reporters to make this content yet see increased readership and revenue, while traditional publishers have seen declining revenue and readership.[x] Enter NewsRight. Continue reading

Private Sector Innovation as a Means of Combating Online Piracy

Private Sector Innovation as a Means of Combating Online Piracy

By Eric W., Jihan S., and Christina I.

   Since the advent of the Internet, the traditional methods to enforce protection of copyrighted material have often not worked. For example, despite strong efforts by the film and recording industries to combat online piracy, the dynamic nature of the Internet has made traditional measures taken through the courts largely ineffective. Continue reading

iPhone Jailbreaking and the DMCA

iPhone Jailbreaking and the DMCA

By Sinny T.

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) was originally enacted to prohibit “circumvention” of digital rights management and “other technical protection measures” used to protect and control access to copyrighted works. The DMCA has since cast a wide net to protect copyrighted material even when the use of the copyright materials arguably may be permissible under fair use guidelines.

In order to curtail DMCA’s overly restrictive implications, the DMCA provides that the Library of Congress possesses the power to define exceptions under the DMCA for legitimate, non-infringing uses of copyrighted material. Pursuant to this power the Librarian of Congress has recently issued a public statement declaring that it was legal to bypass a cell phone’s operating system (particularly iPhone) on the particular software it will run to get “lawfully obtained” programs to operate.  Continue reading

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