Bowie photo copyright infringement

      Here’s a true story about copyright: it shows how careful we all need to be. A hospitality company suddenly gets an email from ImageRights International, a US copyright agency, asking for £1,700. The agency says it has found a picture of the interior of one of the hospitality company’s joints which has the famous

Opening up the copyright debate again

CC Greyweed https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/ unchanged You might have thought that the mighty Viacom versus YouTube case had settled all of the main issues about sharing platforms and copyright. YouTube won the 2007 case with the defence that it was an innocent platform that took down any infringing material when it was notified on it. This cleared the legal way for

Threat of libel on social media drops again

Great news for creators of social media: the threat of libel has dropped again. Users of social media “read” its content in a casual way and did not pause to reflect.  This new ruling of the Supreme Court says that dictionary definitions of words and elaborate analysis cannot be applied to social media. A new

How important is spelling?

Well,  perhaps you can you tell me… “Admiring the view has just taking on a whole new meaning.” This is the line taken today from the Nissan UK website, where they are extolling the virtues of their brand new X-Trail model. I already own an older version of this particular car, so was checking out

Big sharing shout out for 2014?

As we prepare to celebrate the demise of 2013, and more importantly the birth of a whole New Year, I find myself pondering some of the megatrends that will affect us all… High on this list is of course our exploding online social media networks, and the ubiquitous connectivity they have brought. One famous telco’s

a network, or a spider’s web?

Have you noticed how recruitment has permeated your social media networks? This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, because to build a successful career we usually need to change jobs, every now and then, but… I worry about the noise and the clutter, and the gigantic social media ecosystems that are being created out there. LinkedIn