Community Created Content. Law, Business and Policy

Hietanen, Herkko and Oksanen, Ville and Valimaki, Mikko . Community Created Content. Law, Business and Policy., 2007 Turre Legal LTD. [Book]


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“One-to-many” media culture is changing gradually because of the Internet’s end-to-end architecture where anyone can send and receive. The Internet has changed the way people experience content. They do not only passively consume but they also remix, mash up, create and share. Capturing the wealth of networked producers and creators may turn out to be one of the biggest factors that will help to increase our society’s productivity during this century. “User created content”, “social software” and “web 2.0” may be the hottest buzzwords of the Internet economy today. They all refer to community created content. The value of professionally produced content is not disappearing. Amateur content, in many cases, complements professional content. Citizen journalism comments and offers different angles to stories. Social networking sites help users to filter interesting material out of the vast amount of information on the Internet. Designing services that harness the wealth of their users’ creativity is not trivial. Finding a balance between exclusive copyright and open has turned out to be a delicate task. This book is written to help its readers to understand the legal, business and policy issues affecting community created content. The aim was to write a handy reference and a useful overview of a complex subject. Main emphasis is on the legal underpinnings of community created content. The book also describes users’ different motives of sharing their works. Several case studies help to illustrate how businesses can adapt to accommodate community created content. The book is based on a commission from “PARTECO - To Participatory Economy and Beyond” - research project coordinated by the Hypermedia Laboratory at the University of Tampere. The project is funded by the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation (Tekes) and the following companies: Aina Group, A-lehdet, Tuotantoyhtiö Energia, Ericsson, Professia, COSS - The Finnish Centre for Open Source Solutions, and Mediamaisteri Group. The authors wish to thank the researchers at the University of Tampere and especially Katri Lietsala for constructive comments and cooperation during the writing of this book. The writing of this book was divided between the authors but the end result is a joint whole. The authors are also jointly responsible for any errors. Finally, a legal disclaimer is in place. This book is written by three lawyers who also consult clients on open content issues. The book includes several fictive case illustrations with “legal advice” included. Laws and legal interpretations change. New case law is made. Copyright law interpretation must be done on a case-by-case basis. For those reason the authors do not take any responsibility for the advice given in this book. Please consult your lawyer before applying anything presented in this book.

Item type: Book
Keywords: community created content, legal, business and policy issues, work sharing, PARTECO - To Participatory Economy and Beyond
Subjects: E. Publishing and legal issues. > ED. Intellectual property: author's rights, ownership, copyright, copyleft, open access.
Depositing user: Users 181 not found.
Date deposited: 17 Dec 2007
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:10


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