2014 Schedule
Interactive: March 7–11  •  Film: March 7–15  •  Music: March 11–16

User-Generated Content: Who Owns What?

#sxsw #Ownership

Ownership of user-generated online content remains a hot topic. "User" can denote anyone from an author or photographer to a teenager who creates a meme that ends up on t-shirts. How can intellectual property law cover such a wide spectrum when so many issues do not even involve copyrightable material? As the story unfolds and the law scrambles to catch up, large corporations have tried to make claims that strip users of their rights and likely have adverse consequences to Internet Law. Facebook's Instagram app tried to modify their Terms Of Use to allow the sale of users’ photos without permission. Agence France Presse argued that they can freely use photos posted to Twitter because Twitter's Terms Of Use “encourage[s] broad reuse of Content." Craigslist also claim copyright to their users' content. Most attempts to claim ownership have ended in public outcry. Yet the courts have been surprisingly sympathetic to these claims, opening the door for ownership of you and what you own.



George Eid



George is Lebanese blood-wise, but his parents hail from Jordan. He was born in Detroit but grew up in Chicago with a year in Kentucky somewhere in between. He spent some good years in Peoria before he moved to Brooklyn some 18 odd years ago. Seven years back he moved to Paris where he now lives with his wife and child.

George is the founder of AREA 17, an interactive agency based in New York City and Paris, France. In 2008, he started an incubator within the company, launching web and mobile products such as Subfolio, Slash-Paris.com and Krrb.com.


Greg Kidd



Founder of 3taps and CRO of Ripple Labs. Advocate for Open Access and foe of applying the CFAA to censor access to non-copyrighted data on public websites. Investor in exchange spaces including Twitter, Square, Lovely, Coinbase, Hailo, Balanced, and other firms at HardYaka.com. Prior life at the Federal Reserve and Booz Allen.


Kevin Burton


Spinn3r Data & Analytics

Kevin Burton is the author of Peregrine,
a MapReduce and Bigtable implementation for Java. Kevin is also the CEO
of Spinn3r and co-founder of the
Open Access Coalition. In a
past life, he co-invented the RSS format which is widely used across the
Internet for content syndication and helped worked on Open Source Java at
Apache back when it was called Jakarta.


Paul Cloutier

Paul Cloutier is a designer and entrepreneur based in Oakland CA. He is focused on experience design with an emphasis on user powered experiences. Previously he worked with Current TV to design and launch their groundbreaking user generated TV network. Later he was a co-founder of 8020 Publishing, a media company that produced the reader-created magazines JPG and Everywhere.

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