Snippit's Mobile Social Network Combines Music Clips and Photos - hypebot

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Agraham999

You do realize that this entire app is one giant ball of copyright infringement and violations of terms. You can't take Apple's previews and you can't post these clips under fair use or without a license...and if you read their terms of use they are basically claiming they are not responsible for what people post, although they enable it...and then they expect to make rights holders jump through the DMCA hoops to get the stuff down.

More evidence that the tech industry has come unhinged from reality and doesn't care at all about doing what's right.

Agraham999

And btw...this is a music site right? How is it you can write:

"Focusing on brief clips allows Snippit to claim fair use"

and not know that this is not what fair use says? Snippit is pulling preview tracks from Apple to allow people to create new content from clips of songs, which is a direct violation of copyright and then if you read their "copyright policy", they basically try to say they aren't responsible for what anyone does...but then have the gaul to say:

Snippit Media, Inc. (“Snippit” or “our” or “we” or “us”) supports the protection of intellectual property rights. We respond to all notices of alleged copyright infringement (“Takedown Notices”) provided to our designated Copyright Agent (“Designated Agent”) that comply with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”). Section 512 of the DMCA outlines the requirements for submitting a Takedown Notice and, in appropriate circumstances, a counter notification (“Counter-Notice”).

So they allow people to infringe on copyright, make users liable for doing it, then make rights holders jump through DMCA hoops to get it pulled. Tell me how they don't know this isn't kosher and why you are giving them exposure?

JagoffHunter9000

I would assume, and this is just me talking out of my internet rectum, that these guys would have consulted a team of legal advisors who would have thoroughly sessed this out.

To boot, do you believe that Apple would host an app that would allow the exploitation of these music tracks onto their app store? Is there not a vetting process that all apps must under go, adhering to strict rules and guidelines?

Just random thoughts. Either way, Im a fan of the app. I enjoy the idea of music first, pictures second.

Agraham999

You can consult lawyers all day to skirt the law, but doesn't mean it is legal or in the spirit of the law. Short clips have nothing to do with fair use. I've also read the apps terms of use...it essentially says...here's all this music, but we're not responsible if you get caught with it...go read the copyright notice on their site:

http://www.getsnippit.com/copyright

It's entirely setup to create a nightmare DMCA process for rights holders. This is a way of getting access to songs they don't have a license for or can grant a license for and they know this.

And as for Apple...just because the app got through the approval process doesn't mean it isn't a) in violation of Apple's terms and b) isn't violation of copyright, thus putting Apple also in a difficult position. Not every app approval person is likely schooled in copyright.

I know for a fact this is not kosher with Apple's terms...it even is a violation by the button they use for buying tracks on iTunes.

I agree...it's a cool app...it's just not legal and you can't just print in an article that the reason they can do this is short clips = fair use. That's not what fair use states.

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