Livestreaming apps like Periscope and Meerkat finally have the ability to reach the masses. The ubiquity of smartphones and 4G mobile networks have allowed journalists and their audiences to use the apps for matters of journalism and interaction with one another. It’s a change that could afford publishers a brand new way of monetising an audience – if the industry can sort out the ‘hit-and-run’ copyright infringement that the apps allow for.
On a panel at the Global Editors Network in Barcelona, Sky News’ head of social media and audience development Rich Evans answered a question from the audience about copyright infringement with the following:
“If I were to film a livestream right now, Twitter owns the rights to all Periscopes that are filmed. I think there’s going to be a huge rights case very soon.”
Citing the example of a news organisation approaching a Periscope user to request permission to embed their livestream, only to run up against the wall of Twitter’s ownership, Evans made it plain that it’s not just other broadcasters or events companies who are likely to be hit with a copyright case. It’s everybody.
YouTube, perhaps in an attempt to differentiate itself from Facebook’s UGC video, is launching a a curated feed of the day’s most newsworthy events in partnership with Storyful. The initiative, designed to provide journalists with verified, embeddable video clips that should enhance existing stories, is potentially invaluable given that breaking news is increasingly caught on camera, and the need for verification is only becoming more acute.
TechCrunch’s Sarah Perez explains: “YouTube Newswire is also launching at a time when YouTube is losing some ground as the tool of choice for those witnessing breaking news they want to record…The value in Storyful’s work is not just the ease-of-use – it’s that the items are vetted, making them “safe” for reporters who are looking to augment their coverage of a story with social media content.”
The launch appears to be a first step towards making YouTube the definitive source for verified video news, something competitors like Facebook and Periscope are currently not able to ape. The next step, the First Draft Collection, is in collaboration with verification experts includingStoryful, Bellingcat, Reported.ly and Verification Junkie.
What we’re reading
- The Telegraph reaches milestone with 104 million monthly unique visitors: UK newspapers’ quest for scale reaches new heights, as explained by journalism.co.uk’s Mădălina Ciobanu.
- Former Googler declares war on ad-blocking: Lara O’Reilly for Business Insider on a start-up’s fightback against ad-blocking technology.
- Amazon to pay self-published writers on a pay-by-pages-read basis: The Bookseller has a report on a dispiriting new move from Amazon.
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