by carl wilson

A Lot to Bragg About

Congratulations and thanks to Billy Bragg, (see Zoiluses past), who has successfully forced Murdoch-owned MySpace to clarify its agreement on site users' intellectual property. MySpace's earlier language made it seem like they claimed rights to the content - songs, videos, etc. - users might put on their pages. I'm sure the intention all along was to put them in a safe legal position to operate the sites, the way the new language makes clear - but what Billy's done is ensure Murdoch's companies can never abuse those rights. His account of the implications smartly connects the issue to the abusive terms under which record company deals (and other entertainment-industry contracts) are usually signed, which gives what otherwise is a bit of a teapot-scale tempest a lot more resonance.

| Posted by zoilus on Friday, June 30 at 6:36 PM | Linking Posts

 

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Zoilus by Carl Wilson