Located on the roof of 20 Jay St. in DUMBO, Brooklyn, Watertower by Tom Fruin is part of The Water Tank Project, an initiative by Word Above the Street, a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering environmental and social advocacy through art and technology.
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The long-running court battles between content owners and websites like YouTube often resembles the trench warfare of World War I: two sides engage in years of fighting at incalculable cost, and barely gain any ground. In recent months, however, one side — the movie and music studios — appears to have moved forward a few inches thanks to courts’ newfound willingness to invoke a “red flag” rule that makes websites accountable for copyright infringement committed by their users.
The rule, known as “red flag knowledge” is helping studios chip away at a so-called safe harbor law that is intended to prevent copyright law from squelching emerging technology. The result has been a spate of court victories for copyright holders, one that could even tilt the current balance of power between websites and content owners. Here’s a look at the recent developments and how they could make an interminable legal war even longer.
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