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Legal Aspects of User Created Content

87 Pages Posted: 14 Nov 2009  

Natali Helberger

University of Amsterdam - Institute for Information Law (IViR)

Lucie Guibault

Schulich School of Law; University of Amsterdam - Institute for Information Law

E. H. Janssen

University of Amsterdam - Institute for Information Law (IViR)

N.A.N.M. van Eijk

Institute for Information Law (IViR)

Christina Angelopoulos

University of Cambridge

Joris van Hoboken

Date Written: November 3, 2009

Abstract

The active and productive user or prosumer challenges fundamental concepts of traditional "information law", such as copyright law, audiovisual law, e-commerce law and data protection law. Information law was clearly not written with UCC in mind and a situation in which the division of tasks between "broadcasters", "publishers", " hosts" and "data controllers" is no longer self-evident. In this chapter, we examine some legal implications when applying existing information law to amateur creators and User Created Content platforms. More specifically we look at UCC in the context of copyright law, at audiovisual law and the question of UCC platforms or even individual amateur users are considered "broadcasters" in the sense of the law (with all the consequences thereof). We examine the liability of UCC platforms for user generated content under E-Commerce law, whether European data protection law is fit to protect personal data on Social Network Sites and what European contract law has to offer to guarantee the fairness of agreements between UCC platforms and users. We also make concrete suggestions for a more flexible and supportive legal environment.

The chapter is part of a larger study "User Created Content: Supporting a Participative Information Economy" for the European Commission.

Keywords: User Created Content, copyright law, liability for user created content, audiovisual law, contract law, data protection, users as producers, minors

Suggested Citation

Helberger, Natali and Guibault, Lucie and Janssen, E. H. and van Eijk, N.A.N.M. and Angelopoulos, Christina and van Hoboken, Joris, Legal Aspects of User Created Content (November 3, 2009). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1499333 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1499333

Natali Helberger (Contact Author)

University of Amsterdam - Institute for Information Law (IViR) ( email )

Kloveniersburgwal 48
1012 CX Amsterdam
Netherlands

HOME PAGE: http://www.ivir.nl

L. Guibault

Schulich School of Law ( email )

6061 University Avenue
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4H9
Canada

University of Amsterdam - Institute for Information Law ( email )

Kloveniersburgwal 48
Amsterdam, 1012 CX
Netherlands

E. H. Janssen

University of Amsterdam - Institute for Information Law (IViR) ( email )

Rokin 84
Amsterdam, 1012 KX
Netherlands

N.A.N.M. Van Eijk

Institute for Information Law (IViR) ( email )

Postbus 1030
Amsterdam, 1000 BA
Netherlands

HOME PAGE: http://www.ivir.nl/medewerkerpagina/eijk

Christina Angelopoulos

University of Cambridge ( email )

Trinity Ln
Cambridge, CB2 1TN
United Kingdom

No contact information is available for Joris V. J. Van Hoboken

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