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Name: Matthew Roberts
Bio: Computer Science Graduate
Area of Expertise: Technology Developer/Administrator
Topic: Controversial Issues
Headline: Content Ownership
Nutshell: Lawyers and companies will profit from disputes over who owns submitted content.Vision:
As we upload more photos, videos and write more text on sites with usage policies which often transfer content ownership to the site, people will be locked in to legal battles trying to retain the original rights to their now-successful previously submitted content.
If a picture submitted to Facebook later goes on to become a work of art or a message publicly displayed on it becomes a highly profitable extract/theory/idea and the site claims ownership of all submitted content will the social network attempt to pursue this in court?
If I chat to my friends over the MSN network about potential solutions to a difficult problem and MSN in five years time update their policy so that they own all the content passing through their servers and thus can right ownership could I fail to later patent my ideas in 20 years time?
Perhaps even this summary may become Elon’s property?
Date Submitted: December 23, 2008