YouTube Opens Untamed Copyright Frontier

December 18, 2006 – In The News
Christian Science Monitor

Larry Richard is one of the millions to have discovered the world of YouTube, the free website that allows people to post, watch, and share video clips. When he receives a link to the site, usually via e-mail, he spends a few moments to click and watch a clip on his computer screen — sometimes a video of a friend's singing recital, other times a snippet of a foreign commercial or a monologue from late-night TV...

..."As more and more technology comes along, the legal underpinnings governing them are not becoming clearer," says Mark McCreary, a partner in the Technology and Venture Finance Group of Fox Rothschild, which handles intellectual property cases. Increasing ability to download video clips from YouTube and to watch videos on iPods and cellphones will present users with more opportunities to violate copyright - wittingly or unwittingly, he says...

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