How to Remove Copyrighted Content

There’s no denying that the ease of sharing has changed the Internet. The ease to which one can copy/paste or right click and save an image to save on their own blog is too hard to ignore.

This has given rise to a new problem that especially concerns content creators: sharing of copyrighted content without credit or fair compensation.

Sharing copyrighted content is no joke with fines that can go up in the hundreds of thousands but it’s also a white collar crime that’s offten hard to detect. In fact, most small-time publishers are almost counting on that.

They never believe their tiny blog or website will be taken to court over a couple of images. And they’re not completely wrong. The likelihood of being taken to court, with thousands in legal expenses, is, frankly, small.

However, with new services popping up like Copyright Crackdown to remove copyrighted content, this number is sure to go up. For example, Copyright Crackdown promises to monitor copyright infringement and report it to content creators.

So, if you’ve been sharing unzuthorized copyrighted images, be warned. Spending a few dollars for a legitimate license to use the images may save you thousands in the long run.


Who Owns My Nude Photos?

If you have a cell phone, you’ve likely snapped a nude photo of yourself or your significant other. And you aren’t alone. According to new research, attention craving nude celebrities aren’t the only ones to bare all in front of a mirror.

But what happens when those photos leak? The law makes it very clear that the person who took the photos owns the copyright on them.

So are you out of luck if an ex is threatning to leak said nude photos? The good news is the law also makes it extremely clear that extortion is a crime. This should be reported to your local authorities immediately to be dealt with.

AIG, with a straight face

After thanking the United States government and taxpayers for its bailout, AIG is considering a lawsuit against the government for what it describes as “unfair” bailout terms.

The lawsuit is being brought on by a shareholder of AIG, which was a big player in the financial crisis of 2008. The shareholder reasons that the AIG bailout was “an illegal action” because it nationalized a corporation with the government owning its stock.

AIG was bailed out by the federal government to the tune of $180 billion. The Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission (FCIC) found AIG failed because it sold insurance without hedging its investment.

The commission found that AIG “primarily because its enormous sales of credit default swaps were made without putting up initial collateral, setting aside capital reserves, or hedging its exposure — a profound failure in corporate governance, particularly its risk-management practices.”

The report noted “AIG was so interconnected that… it was too big too fail.”

Without the bailout, the commission said AIG’s collapse could have brought down its counterparts throughout the financial system.

And so, it’s rather ironic that an AIG shareholder — whose shares would have been worth exacty $0 — is now suing the same government with a straight face.