Copyright

by Mike Masnick


Filed Under:
dmca, survivor

Companies:
cbs, scribd



Is The Contract Cast Members Sign To Be On Survivor Covered By Copyright? CBS Thinks So...

from the copyright-survivor dept

Eric Goldman points us to the news that CBS sent a DMCA takedown to Scribd after the reality TV site RealityBlurred.com uploaded a copy of the contract castmembers sign before being able to go on the show Survivor, as well as a copy of the "rulebook" they receive. CBS apparently claimed that both of these were covered by copyright. Thankfully, RealityBlurred filed a counternotice, claiming fair use due to its use for reporting and commentary -- leading to a scary two week period where CBS would have to sue if it wanted to keep the document offline. However, the two weeks passed and CBS did not respond to notification from Scribd, meaning that the Survivor Contract and the Survivor Rulebook are back online. And, of course, in true Streisand Effect tradition, this attempt at taking down this info has only served to generate even greater interest in what's in the contract and the rulebook. As an aside, while I can see the copyright claim on the rulebook, I think CBS might have more trouble getting a court to recognize copyright on a contract that contains little creative work.

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    Anonymous Coward, 3 Sep 2010 @ 4:56pm

    Copyright is supposed to replace contract law. So we have a contractual replacement system that puts contractual replacement restrictions on the copying and reuse of contracts.

    Uhm... if copyright didn't exist can we have a contract that puts restrictions on the copying and reuse of a contract.

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