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1 May 2010

.net the big question on Google convictions and the impact upon UGC

Tim Gibbon, director Elemental By Tim Gibbon

.net the big question - Google convictions and the impact upon UGC? The design and web development magazine asks Tim Gibbon, director at Elemental what impact the Google convictions will have upon UGC?
 

Tim's comment:

"The Google employee conviction by the Italian legal system and government has very serious potential implications for every user-generated content (UGC) site. It’s likely to also include microblogging sites, social networks and other socially charged environments.Screenshot for .net - the big question – Your thoughts Google employee conviction over YouTube?

 

It’s been a contentious area for some time. It appears that argument for site owners that they cannot be responsible for content that is uploaded and shared by others is out of their control; isn't enough to protect them from very persistent and now successful legal action. The move for the Italian government to publicise what transpired is equally as important and appears that it is to send more than a statement, it’s a clear message, one that we may see repeated.

 

The Guardian newspaper reports that it’s not the first legal case that Google and YouTube has faced (and is currently awaiting feedback on) and it certainly won’t be the last, especially if other vulnerabilities are exposed. Given the sheer number of videos and similar content (images, microblogs etc.,) policing content is virtually impossible; and even with the most competent software there could still be errors that could leave site owners even more exposed, having imposed self moderation. Even if site owners did employ humans to verify every upload, it destroys the ethos of these sites and the mechanics of them, damaging a great medium.

 

The message to UGC site owners is to watch this space and see what other cases may be brought to our attention, indeed how legal systems in different countries (and in to a degree society) process them."

Tim's feedback first appeared in .net print magazine (issue 201 in May 2010).

Categories: Technology, News, Elemental

Tags: .net, .net big question, Q&A, Google, youtube, UGC, tim gibbon

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