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Doctor Who, Interrupted

Science fiction’s largest award event, the Hugos, was streamed live this year. However, those watching on Ustream received a rude interruption: a message reading, “Worldcon banned due to copyright infringement.” Huffington Post CTO John Pavley wrote: “Clips of the winning Doctor Who episode (written by Neil Gaiman) triggered an automated copyright censor. Ustream, like many online media distribution companies has to use copyright enforcement technology to avoid costly fines and lawsuits from hypersensitive anti-piracy trade groups.” Click to read Pavley’s story on how this mistake happened.





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