NBC, Defender Of All Things Copyright, Copies Blogger's Post Without Permission; Removes Her Name When She Complains
from the those-poor-corn-farmers dept
We’d love to get an explanation from NBC Universal General Counsel Rick Cotton on the following story. Cotton, of course, is the very, very, very strong defender of copyrights for NBC Universal. He was, of course, the main source for the propaganda “oh no piracy is killing the movie business” segment on 60 Minutes, and as we all know, he’s been quite concerned about the poor, poor (yet, heavily subsidized) corn farmers hurt by “piracy.” He’s come out as a supporter of having ISPs spy on users to block the transmission of copyright works (which should be useful once Comcast takes over). And, finally he’s also been involved in NBC’s attempt to make it more difficult for anyone to watch the Olympics online, even though the evidence showed that the people who watched Olympics content online were more likely to then watch it on TV (ads and all) as well.
So, with all that, you’d have to imagine that if he found out about a company associated with the Olympics copied someone’s blog post without first getting their permission, he’d be pretty upset. But what if that company was NBC Universal? Reader JC points us to the news that NBC Universal’s Olympics website has been caught copying a blog post and then when alerted to it, rather than removing the content, it just removed the writer’s name. It looks like the attention this story has received has resulted in NBC Universal putting her name back on the story, but the story remains on the site. I’m assuming there must be more to this whole situation. According to the link above, the original site, Tourism Vancouver, says this is “an ongoing issue with the NBC Olympic site, and [it] has been battling them for some time over it.” Surely, NBC Universal, as such a strong defender of copyright, wouldn’t be in the business of copying others’ content without permission? Even if it believed it had the right to use her content, removing her name after being alerted to the issue appears really sketchy. Perhaps there’s an explanation that involves helping out those poor corn farmers?