Copyright

by Mike Masnick


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copyright, crowdsourcing, subtitles

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Netflix To Try Crowdsourcing Subtitles; Will It Get Sued For Infringement?

from the rock-and-a-copyright-law dept

Before getting into the details of this new story, let me bring up a pair of recent Techdirt stories as background. First, there's the story of Netflix being told that not having closed captioning on its streaming movies means it violates the Americans with Disabilities Act. As we noted at the time, this raised interesting copyright questions, considering that Netflix may not be legally allowed to put captions on videos. A few days before that, we had written about a student who ran a site that provided crowdsourced downloadable subtitle files for TV and movies, and had been found guilty of copyright infringement.

Knowing both those things, isn't it interesting that Netflix is now experimenting with crowdsourcing captioning/subtitles for films and TV shows? Perhaps it figures that having lost that first legal fight, it should lean in the other direction and see if it gets sued there as well. Either way, it seems like it opens up some pretty serious copyright questions. While some of us think that providing captions/subtitles should be pretty clear fair use, others (obviously) disagree. And, when it's an operation like Netflix -- which is obviously a commercial entity -- you have to wonder if it's going to get sued...

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  1. identicon
    monkyyy, 3 Aug 2012 @ 11:27am

    Re: Damned if you, Damned if you don't

    qu-qu-qu-quadera post

    anyway, as an anarchist this is kinda my inter point, giving a small set of people the right to screw over whoever they feel like, is exactly what it sounds like no matter what if's and but's u write into the "social contract" the state loves writing hypocritical laws and there is no way to stop them from doing so but not letting anyone get the "only legit" use of force on others

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