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Monday, March 14 • 9:30am - 10:30am
Free Your Content! Who Really Owns UGC?

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This panel will champion the idea of “Power to the Content Contributor!” We’ll discuss who really owns the content shared by millions of contributors across the hundreds of different user generated content sites. It's among the best-kept secrets in UGC, and the implications here are huge. The seemingly logical means of UGC sites covering their legal bases has actually left open a very meaningful loophole for contributors. Turns out, they’re sitting on the goldmine of UGC… and it’s at their discretion where it lives, and consequently which sites it will benefit. When a site like Yelp is valued at $500 million dollars, it’s only reasonable for people to start considering how they could be benefiting from the content that others are profiting from. Contributors are starting to ask questions… thinking, hey! I just made that site worth millions, but what do I get out of it? It’s only a matter of time until a new system emerges in the UGC space, allowing contributors to share some of the revenue being made off of their content. The question is… what will that future model look like? We’ll discuss how it could set up, and which players are poised to take the lead. In addition, we will cover how contributors can determine where their content gets the most benefit.


J.R. Johnson


Monday March 14, 2011 9:30am - 10:30am CDT
Sheraton, Capitol View Terrace

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