Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 18th Mar 2010 22:44 UTC, submitted by twitterfire
Legal "With the release of hundreds of pages of court documents in the legal dispute between Google and Viacom over the presence of copyright material on YouTube, Google has released a statement on the case. The statement was attributed to Zahavah Levine, YouTube chief counsel."
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Sick of not just Viacom, but WMG too
by jaklumen on Fri 19th Mar 2010 05:46 UTC
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If what Ms. Levine says is true, I think Viacom is just shooting itself in the foot. Damned hypocritical and deceitful, if you ask me.

I don't have a problem if Viacom (or Warner Media Group) discovers that there is demand for something, uploads the content (which is often of better video quality), and then has the inferior user uploads removed. I don't have a problem if they require users include links to purchasable content, even if it be from the company directly.

What I do have a problem with is them removing content that would not be available to users otherwise-- and then never providing an alternative. They simply encourage darknets, file sharing networks et al that way, I believe... all the usual arguments against DRM and such definitely applies here.

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FishB8 Member since:

It's way worse than that. If this is true, then Viacom could end of in criminal court for fraud and conspiracy.

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by npcomplete on Fri 19th Mar 2010 07:27 UTC
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.. In fact, some of the very clips that Viacom is suing us over were actually uploaded by Viacom itself.

there's so much more.. uploading from Kinko's? lol

While I understand why, I wish they wouldn't have given so much credence to the DMCA though. Yes, do make use of the safe harbor provisions as one would use any kind of technical advantage in a legal battle, but I'm a little disappointed at the lip service given to how it's a 'good thing' passed by Congress that benefits society.. *rolleyes*

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