Copyright 2.0 Show – Episode 251 – Blown Away


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It is Friday again and that means that it is time for another episode of the Copyright 2.0 Show.

It was a doozy of an episode for us. With the show on hiatus last week due to Hurricane Isaac, we are back not only to update everyone on what happened in the storm, but on two weeks worth of copyright news.

As such, not only do we spend a good deal of time talking about what it was like in New Orleans after Hurricane Isaac passed, but we also talk about the arrest of one of the Pirate Bay co-founders, copyright bots going on a rampage and even an important update from Michael Jackson’s estate.

It’s a big week with lots of news and great stories. It’s an hour of podcasting you don’t want to miss.

This week’s stories include:

  • Pirate Bay Founder Arrested in Cambodia
  • UStream Copyright Bot Kills Hugo Awards Stream
  • YouTube Flags Democrat’s Convention Video for Copyright Violations
  • Rojadirecta Gets Domain Restored
  • Michael Jackson Estate Settles Lawsuit
  • New Zealand Copyright Tribunal Sees First Case
  • UKNova Closes Shop After Threats from FACT

You can download the MP3 file here (direct download). Those interested in subscribing to the show can do so via this feed.

Show Notes

About the Hosts

Jonathan Bailey


Jonathan Bailey (@plagiarismtoday) is the Webmaster and author of Plagiarism Today (Hint: You’re there now) and works as a copyright and plagiarism consultant. Though not an attorney, he has resolved over 700 cases of plagiarism involving his own work and has helped countless others protect their work and develop strategies for making their content work as hard as possible toward their goals.

Patrick O’Keefe


Patrick O’Keefe (@iFroggy) is the owner of the iFroggy Network, a network of websites covering various interests. He’s the author of the book “Managing Online Forums,” a practical guide to managing online communities and social spaces. He maintains a blog about online community management at and a personal blog at



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  1. I think that the Hugo Awards issue is a good example, though, of why only copyright owners should be allowed to make a claim. It’s great that we have automated solutions for finding and potentially identifying copyright infringement, but I think instead of allowing those solutions to STOP copyright violations – which really involves making a legal judgement – they should, instead, flag them and provide warning to the “putative infringer” and to the “putative copyright owner” and allow them both an opportunity to take appropriate actions.

    I realized, several years ago, that I could easily have committed libel in an effort to protect a writer from a copyright violation that turned out to be committed by – the writer, herself. And it wasn’t actually an infringement. She held all the rights, but had posted on one side under one pen name and on another under a different pen name. One copy was an earlier draft of a later, more polished version. Fortunately, I contacted the one I thought was the “original author,” gave her the heads’ up, and asked her to contact me on her other email address if it was the same person. She thanked me (on that other email address) for my concern on her behalf.

    Instead of simplifying enforcement and encouraging respect for and compliance with intellectual property, some of this silliness is even convincing ME (and you know what I’m saying, here, Jonathan – you’ve known me too long not to understand what I’m saying) it’s even convincing ME that we go too far and risk stifling creativity and innovation. Intellectual property protection should protect the creators but shouldn’t be used as to bludgeon people who don’t commit willful violations.

    Yes, I’m opposed to red light cameras, too. I would like to think a little human judgement and common sense gets applied before punishment is handed out.