The H. Potter Files: Big Brands & UGC
The Harry Potter Lawsuit and CGC
Wondering about the Harry Potter lawsuit and what impact it could have on user-generated content norms, copyright law, and (though rarely even raised in discussions of this case) kids’ digital culture? Me too! As everyone waits for the judge to decide whether or not Steve Vander Ark’s The Harry Potter Lexicon consists of copyright infringement or fair use, analysts are predicting that the outcome of the case could have some pretty important implications for the future of digital IP. For example, check out this recent video by marketing guru Martin Lindstrom over at AdAge, in which he argues that the Harry Potter case “underscores the growing threat posed by user-generated content for major brands.” Hmmm…either that or the growing threat posed by stringent copyright regimes and corporate attempts to squash fair use/dealings for our chances at sustaining a shared, user-based digital culture.
What troubles me about the Harry Potter lawsuit is that although the accused in this case is an adult, the object under dispute is nonetheless children’s culture.
Great run down from Ms. Grimes. No time to ramble today. My apologies, Poppets. I’d send cookies, but that’s just weird.
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