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‘Dancing baby’ wins copyright case

A federal appeals court in San Francisco has affirmed that copyright holders must consider whether a use of material is fair before sending a takedown notice. The ruling came in Lenz v. Universal, often called the ‘dancing baby’ lawsuit. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) represents Stephanie Lenz, who – back in 2007 – posted a […]

September 15, 2015By Colin Mann

Analyst: MCNs attractive to traditional media groups

Research by Ampere Analysis into Multi-Channel Networks (MCNs) has found that the business model of MCNs is a good fit for many traditional media companies, which understand advertising business models. The firm notes that Zoella, Minecraft, Ed Sheeran and political documentaries all have their own YouTube channels that are part of the Multi-Channel Networks owned […]

July 7, 2015

YouTube 8K video crashes computers

YouTube has launched support for 8K video, allowing users to watch videos in such high resolutions that it reportedly crashes their computer. The first 8K film, entitled Ghost Towns, is a video of a person exploring an abandoned settlement. It was shot on a special RED Epic Dragon 6K Camera and then stitched together to […]

June 12, 2015

TV, movies still drive online video

User-generated content (UGC) or more broadly speaking, short-form video (from services such as YouTube and Dailymotion), has become far more than cats playing the piano, according to ABI Research. The firm notes that companies are using viral ads to extend brands and reach a wider breadth of customers than traditional media channels. Professionally-generated short-form content […]

January 19, 2015

Kilar unveils web video service Vessel

Jason Kilar, former CEO of online entertainment streaming service Hulu, has revealed further details of web video operation Vessel which aims to provide early access to the web’s best short-form videos through a low-priced subscription service. In a blog post, The First Window for Web Video, Kilar notes that over the past few months, there […]

December 18, 2014By Colin Mann

Live video broadcasting becoming the new ‘selfie’

Video and visual technologies are becoming increasingly important for interacting with customers and each other, according to information technology research and advisory specialist Gartner. The firm predicts that by 2017, live video broadcasting will be the new ‘selfie’ and recommends that product managers start creating a ‘visual’ strategy straight away to accommodate this trend. “The […]

December 9, 2014

Verizon speed boost for content sharing

Recognising that people are sharing content on the Internet more than ever, with the trend expected to continue, US telco Verizon has confirmed that its FiOS residential customers will receive upload speeds that match their download speeds, making it easier and faster to share. This speed upgrade is free to current customers, and comes at […]

July 22, 2014

Twitter acquires SnappyTV

Twitter is boosting its video capabilities by acquiring Twitter, a cloud-based, live video platform that makes TV and live web streams social, mobile and viral. Terms of the transaction weren’t disclosed. In a SnappyTV blog, the platform says that together, the pair will create an even better platform for live, social content distribution. “When we […]

June 20, 2014By Colin Mann

Vine TV Mode on web

Vine, Twitter’s video-sharing service, has enhanced its functionality by adding web availability. Writing in the Vine blog, Janessa Det, Engineer, says: “Today, we’re introducing a new way to experience Vine: on the web. Log in at to view your home feed and like, comment, and share videos just as you do on our mobile […]

January 6, 2014By Colin Mann

YouTube now on Roku 3

Streaming service Roku has confirmed that YouTube is available now on the Roku 3 player in the US, Canada, the UK and the Republic of Ireland. The channel is expected to be available on additional player models in 2014. Writing in the Roku blog, Ed Lee, Vice President, Content Acquisition, says the YouTube channel rounds […]

December 18, 2013By Colin Mann