Did You Know Immigration and Customs Enforcement Can Seize Your URL?

On the Media had an enlightening story on NPR this morning about the power vested in ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) and a new program they are  undertaking to enforce American copyright laws on the Web. From the blogpost about the audio story:

dajaz1.com, a hip-hop website, was originally seized by the government in November of last year, because the government claimed that it frequently shared unauthorized copyrighted material. However, the owner of the website, who goes by the moniker Splash, shared emails with the New York Times which showed that songs he posted were given to him by record companies for promotional purposes.

When the website tried legal channels to get the website back, they came up against what TechDirt’s Mike Masnick compares, in a lengthy post about the website, to “Something out of Kafka or the movie Brazil.

Read the post here and listen to the story here. Kudos to On the Media for bringing this to the attention of their listeners. If you are not already one of their listeners, I suggest you change that now.

We’ll have to wait to see what the implications of this new program are. In the meantime, proceed with caution when posting third party material on your site. Make sure you have the approval of the creator of the material. Or simply share a link to the content on their site.


Partner, Social Marketing & Web Development at 3W Media Co & Proactive Planet
If you wanted describe what Barb brings to 3W Media in a single word it would be “ideation.” Check out ideation as described by Wikipedia:

"Ideation is the creative process of generating, developing, and communicating new ideas, where an idea is understood as a basic element of thought that can be either visual, concrete, or abstract.[1] Ideation comprises all stages of a thought cycle, from innovation, to development, to actualization.[2] As such, it is an essential part of the design process, both in education and practice.[3]"

Barb provides ideation for her clients as well as for 3W Media's suite of social marketing services. She can help clients develop and implement relevant technology and social marketing solutions for their businesses. As the chief social marketing officer for Proactive Planet and 3W Media, Barb sees social platforms as entities from which to reach specific demographic groups. She will help your business expand the reach of your message, your product and your service.

Barb is a visual communicator, creating cartoons and infographics to explain the concepts of social marketing to her clients and students of her social media marketing classes. She wants clients to better understand the concepts and potential of social marketing in order to grow their business’ bottom line. And she can help you.