RHTLaw Taylor Wessing’s Head of Intellectual Property and Technology Practice Jonathan Kok was quoted in The Straits Times article titled “Live stream going mainstream”.
The article highlighted how newer social media apps Periscope and Snapchat, which supports live video streaming and posting of short video clips respectively, are creating a video revolution. While Snapchat is far from overtaking traditional social media outlet Facebook in terms of its more than a billion users worldwide, it boasts the fastest growth of all current social media portals with more than 100 million active users. As for Periscope, a statement released by the company in August indicated that there were more than 10 million active users. These video streaming apps allow instant and active interaction between users and their audience as they post real-time content.
As a result of the video revolution, increasing legal issues related to copyright or licensed content being streamed online without authorisation are surfacing. Jonathan remarked that posting copyrighted material such as streaming live concerts or sporting events can be seen as copyright infringement by organisers who own the broadcast rights.
The full article can be found under the Lifestyle section of The Straits Times dated 9 November 2015.