Sunday, January 08, 2006

SAG to be the new RIAA?

From the Engadget account of the Google keynote at CES:

Reporter from Screen Actor's Guild SAG magazine: "What parameters are in place to prevent the unauthorized downloading of actors' images from the Internet?"
Robin Williams mocks him savagely. "Nice to see a union man in the house! Good to see your hands are still in someone's pocket."

I have blogged on this issue - the susceptibility of Web sites like Flickr and Riya which enable dissemination of non-artistic images of people to be sued under right to publicity laws - not once, but twice. The SAG filed a brief in the Tiger Woods case, so they're clearly across the issues. That question wasn't asked by accident, and despite the short shrift given the SAG magazine reporter by Robin Williams, this is a dangerously under-reported story just waiting to blow up in someone's face. It won't be mine, I'm steering well clear.


Anonymous Pete said...

I know that this *sounds* like a problem waiting to happen, but as far as I'm aware, Flickr just takes down an image as soon as it's reported. Nonetheless,I'm surprised that photo sharing sites have thus far escaped any litigation regarding copyrighted images etc

11:25 am, January 09, 2006  

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