Copyright 2.0 Show – Episode 290 – Infringing Gossip


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

With the holiday week in the U.S., it might seem like copyright news was going to slow down as judges, juries and infringers alike go shoot some fireworks and eat some hot dogs.

Not this week.

Surprisingly, it was a busy week for the copyright world as we have an important ruling in the Google Book Search case that represents a setback for the authors, an appeal in the “innocence of Muslims” case that aims to test what rights an actor has in his or her performance and a potentially important lawsuit pitting a New York Times photographer against one of the biggest gossip blogs.

But if all of this news gets you down there is some upbeat happenings as VEVO renews its deal with YouTube and a new technology aims to make streaming, in particular legal streaming, more accessible to those with weak or slow Internet connections.

All in all, this is one episode you do not want to miss!

This week’s stories include:

  • Appeals Court Overturns Class Action Status in Google Book Search Case
  • Actor Appeals “Innocence of Muslims” Case
  • Photographer Sues Perez Hilton Over Lifted Photos
  • Facebook Responds to Eminem’s Lawsuit Over Commercial Music
  • Court Rules U.S. Pornography Doesn’t Qualify for Copyright in Germany
  • YouTube and VEVO Renew and Expand Their Deal
  • Streamloading Aims to Make Streaming More Reliable

You can download the MP3 file here (1:10:06, 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. Interesting question about the streamloading thing. IF..and this is hypothetical because I have neither the free time nor the interest to do so…I were going to reverse-engineer this personally, what I would do is to get the streamloaded cached copy downloaded to my phone (I’m assuming that there would be no charge for this since the service seems to go through the carrier, although to be honest I don’t fully understand it), move the cached copy over to a desktop or a server to have access to dev tools, and then try to hack away from there to get at whatever key I would need to create the full version of the file. If the other 25% of the file consists of compression and/or decryption, then it’s a “worthwhile” exercise from the point of view of a hacker.

    Again, I’m purely speculating and have zero interest in testing my hypothesis.