Problems With ThirdVoice

from the some-people-are-so-picky dept

Apparently, not everyone thinks ThirdVoice is a very cool technology. It seems that people are upset that others can more or less "write" on their web page. I think they may have a reasonable argument, though not necessarily a legal one.
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    Jon Acheson, 11 Jun 1999 @ 3:46pm

    I see 2 big problems for T.V.

    Firstly, what happens when you annotate EVERYTHING on a site? If the annotations on your site bother you, could you simply drown them out by cluttering the whole site up with annotations? It would be a "tragedy of the commons" type situation, because if TV tried to remove only some of the comments, they would be exercising editorial control over the content, and then they WOULD be liable (well, might be liable).

    Secondly, couldn't you argue that this is a violation of copyright, akin to people building sites that are nothing but frames displaying other sites' content? There was a lawsuit over that, and IIRC, the people doing the bogus linking lost. Basically, the argument would be that this service is piggybacking on the content of the annotated sites to the point where it is unreasonable. "Unreasonable" is a term you'd have to prove in court, but it's a starting point.

    Jon Acheson

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