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  • SXSW: User-Generated Content: Who Owns What?

    Austin, Texas — March 5, 2014

    Join us as SXSW to discuss the complex and sometimes absurd world of online intellectual property rights

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    Krrb heads to Texas

    If you’ve been following our very own Krrb Classifieds lately you may have caught wind of how Craigslist attempted to destroy our fledgling start-up using the threat of litigation. Craigslist had accused Krrb of inducing Craigslist users to violate Craigslist terms of use, claiming that their users do not have the right to copy a post—even their own—from their website. In doing so, the user may be subject of up to a $25,000 fine.

    Read George Eid’s open letter to Craig Newmark

    We are convinced that Craigslist is engaging in anticompetitive business practices by using the pretext of breach of contract as a way to divest a copyright holder of his or her exclusive rights of copyright. In blocking users from promoting their own posts on any other website, Craigslist is attempting to weaken their competitors and maintain its dominance.

    But Craigslist is not alone and the law scrambles to catch up. Facebook’s Instagram app tried to modify their Terms Of Use to allow the sale of users’ photos without permission. Agence France Presse argued that they can freely use photos posted to Twitter because Twitter’s Terms Of Use “encourage[s] broad reuse of Content." Most attempts to claim ownership have ended in public outcry. Yet the courts have been surprisingly sympathetic to these claims.

    How can intellectual property law cover such a wide spectrum when so many issues do not even involve copyrightable material? Case in point: who owns the copyright to Ellen DeGeneres famous Oscar 2014 selfie? Sure it was her camera and her Instagram feed … but Bradley Cooper actually snapped the photo. According to Los Angeles-area entertainment lawyer Ethan Kirschner, “Historically, it’s always been the person who pressed the shutter who’s technically the person that owns copyright.” Oy!

    If you find yourself at SXSW Interactive 2014, join us for the panel to discuss this hot topic, examining content policies on the web, how copyright law is failing users and ways we can change the course.

    User-Generated Content: Who Owns What?

    Panelists:

    Come early cause it’s gonna be packed! Ha, we hope. Who knows, maybe you’ll be the only one. But come anyway!

  • 10 Years Of Facebook

    New York, NY — February 3, 2014

    Facebook’s users show why connecting online can mean so much.

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    Ten stories for ten years.
    Can you remember what life was like before Facebook? Sure, you can. But it gets harder and harder with each passing year. 2014 officially marks Facebook’s 10-year anniversary. To celebrate a decade of posting, sharing and liking, AREA 17 was engaged to create Facebook Ten Stories, a special feature on Facebook Stories, Facebook’s original content site. AREA 17 is the agency behind the design of the site as a whole and recently completed a redesign to create a more editorial experience. This Ten Stories feature highlights 10 of the most fascinating stories of Facebook users told through video, photo stories and essays, that live on the new custom landing page. Within this birthday “package” of 10, two dramatic stories are further called out, each with a wholly unique experience unto itself, bringing the reader deeper into the words and feelings of the stories.

    “Kimmy and Will” is an inspirational tale of private messages and status updates helping a couple’s love persevere through tragedy. The web experience uses Facebook’s iconic maps and status boxes to unroll the history of Kimmy & Will’s relationship. Pins and hash-lines chart the couple’s globe-trotting travels, while Facebook life events and posted ‘selfies’ paint the history of their time together.

    “Twinsters” follows the diverging, then intersecting, paths of Anais & Samantha, two sisters separated at birth and reunited through a single, momentous Facebook post. The story follows a twisting color-coded helix as it glides downward, spotlighting individual profound moments of their shared discovery of being twins.

    This collection of stories is an impactful example of how connecting through the web today is not only an incredible advancement in technology, but a powerful and meaningful method of human expression and interaction.

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Logotype

September 2012

by Michael Evamy
Laurence King Publishing
London, UK

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Branding Identity

June 2009

Contemporary graphic design

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Logo

October 2007

by Michael Evamy
Laurence King Publishing
London, UK