Archive for May 17th, 2011
The Web 2.0 content can be categorized as a user generated content (UGC) where anyone can say anything about anything. This decentralization of information publishing boosted even more intensive spread of WWW and attracted huge amount of people that generate millions of pages, records, images, videos and other multimedia content every day. Along with obvious advantages (diverse and rich content, availability of discussion platforms, etc.) social Web exposed some serious legal issues related to copyright infringements or publishing of false and detractive information about facts, individuals or legal entities. However, it would not be true to say that legal issues in the Web appeared with the movement to UGC model. Plagiarism and libel existed long before WWW invention but due to the decentralized nature of the Web 2.0 and a huge amount of generated content they became less controllable and, thus, more common. Another issue with a social content is that the majority of users does not consider online publishing as something serious and feel less responsible for the exposed web content. For example, the survey held by YouGov in 2008 revealed that “three quarters of Internet users who comment online realize they could be breaking the libel law”.