posted on Sep, 4 2012 @ 03:07 PM
If you are a Science Fiction reader; you have likely heard of the prestigious HUGO Awards
which have been
awarded since 1955 by the World Science Fiction Society.
During the live stream broadcast of the awards:
Last night, robots shut down the live broadcast of one of science fiction's most prestigious award ceremonies. No, you're not reading a science
fiction story. In the middle of the annual Hugo Awards event at Worldcon, which thousands of people tuned into via video streaming service Ustream,
the feed cut off — just as Neil Gaiman was giving an acceptance speech for his Doctor Who script, "The Doctor's Wife." Where Gaiman's face had
been were the words, "Worldcon banned due to copyright infringement." What the hell?
As it turns out the contracted service (Ustream) which was responsible for streaming the event has an excuse: as offered by their spokesperson
Very unfortunately at 7:43 p.m. Pacific time, the channel was automatically banned in the middle of an acceptance speech by author Neil Gaiman due
to "copyright infringement." This occurred because our 3rd party automated infringement system, Vobile, detected content in the stream that it
deemed to be copyrighted. Vobile is a system that rights holders upload their content for review on many video sites around the web. The video clips
shown prior to Neil's speech automatically triggered the 3rd party system at the behest of the copyright holder.
So the producers dared to use clips from the science fictions shows they happened to be awarding... and the VOBILE system killed the stream
(apparently irrevocably) ON THE SPOT!
This is the future.. all content being scanned and analyzed and action being taken unilaterally by a machine... in whose world the words "fair use"
have no meaning... because "fair use" is evidently some kind of anarcho-communist poison.
No "inquire first" and review... simply "kill it."
This is precisely what people warned the public about the one-sided, profit-model only legislation which established the regulations that make the
public "supplicants" whenever they dare consider "fair use" as an option....
Does this seem like a rant? I wonder? More here.