There is nothing like a big pot of money to bring out the lawyers.
Recently the Huffington Post, a blogging environment not unlike Active Rain, was sold to AOL for 315 million dollars. Now the uncompensated authors of the blog articles which make up much of the value of the Huffington Post archive are coming to Court demanding $105 million in damages.
Read news article details from the ABA Journal <here>
A lead case from the US Supreme Court, New York Times v Tasini (2001) has established that copyright protections remain with the authors of individual articles and the subsequent placement of the articles in an electronic database (Lexis/Nexis) without permission of authors raised copyright issues.
Active Rain has always agreed that the ownership of individual blog articles remains with the authors. So if, in the future, there were to be a sale of Active Rain, would there be questions of allocation of value and compensation for the member authors.
I note that the lead plaintiff in the Huffington Post case is the same John Tasini that was the named plaintiff in the Supreme Court case in 2001.
This is just the beginning of the Huffington Post case. I will try to keep my readers informed as the case moves through the Courts.