Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Craigslist tried to copyright ads submitted to it last summer

Craigslist tried to enforce a copyright claim on an ad for a three-week period in the late summer of 2012.  That means that advertisements posted on Craigslist during this period, where the customer had clicked “agree”, can’t be posted on any other services. 
I’ve never heard of a service provider “owing content”, much less and advertisement.  Can Ford not run the same ad in the Washington Post as in the New York Times (or the Washington Times)?  It sounds ridiculous.  And normally blogging platforms (and video platforms like YouTube) don’t claim ownership of content, and neither do shared-hosting providers.  They are, however, required to honor copyright takedown requests under the DMCA.
A US Court in California did uphold Craiglist’s “ownership” claim during the three week period. The archive link is here
The Electronic Frontier Foundation story by Kurt Opsahl is here.
The case may have been in part stimulated by a “Jesus Tap-Dancing Christ” ad, which went viral (here).
Craigslist did eliminate the policy going forward.

I may be looking at Craigslist soon for proofreading services for my “DADT III” book (previous post). 

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