September 04, 2012, 11:22 AM —
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Neil Gaiman's acceptance speech for the Doctor Who script, “The Doctor's Wife” was stopped by third party Vobile's automated copyright infringement monitor.
In a properly entitled “RANT” section of io9, the story of how the presentation of the annual Hugo Awards at Worldcon was cut mid-stream for copyright infringement is covered in detail. Stopped right after a clip from Gaiman's winning Doctor Who script thanks to Vobile's software, the broadcast was unable to be restarted by Ustream.
Ustream CEO and Founder Brad Hunstable apologized in a blog post, saying he was cutting out the Vobile software until it can be “calibrated.” He also mentioned that users of Ustream's paid service have their rights permissions cleared before airing. So did he just try to shift the blame, calling Worldcon and the Hugo Awards cheap for not using the paid service?
that it's about time that copyright law was modified in accordance with a famous (here slightly paraphrased) document : «... whenever any Law becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Law,
mhenriday on theregister.co.uk
What I find interesting (ie, so interesting I want to smack my head against a blunt object) is that these bots were programmed to presume the mere *existence* of proprietary material on the feed was proof of copyright infringement.
Maggie Static on io9.com
Who was wrong here: Ustream, Vobile the copyright cop, or the Hugo Awards people for not getting clips cleared earlier?