The Liability Circle of Copyright Filtering Technorati icon

June 9, 2007 | Filed under: Internet TV

If you complain once more, you'll meet an army of meI feel for Microsoft and the other companies trying to integrate the co-called 'copyright filtering' (a term which makes it sound nice and simple like looking for naughty words in a  text file) technologies.

My time at Kazaa trying to integrate these tools gave me a rich appreciation of how messy the process is.

Of course these are just technical issues and can be solved in time.

The real problem is, these days there is a good chance you will get sued if your solution is less than perfect. And who will take that responsibility? Liz Gannes' report on NewTeeVee encountered this problem:

"We called Microsoft to ask what was going on. You should talk to Audible Magic, they said; our system is only as good as their index. We called Audible Magic, who essentially blamed Microsoft, for only implementing the audio version of its software."

This is a technologically challenging problem that is clouded by lawyers designing the software either directly or vicariously via contracts and settlements. Everyone else is busy thinking about how to best cover there ass instead of building copyright filtering solutions that work.

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