Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 10th Aug 2012 20:46 UTC
Google "Starting next week, we will begin taking into account a new signal in our rankings: the number of valid copyright removal notices we receive for any given site. Sites with high numbers of removal notices may appear lower in our results. This ranking change should help users find legitimate, quality sources of content more easily - whether it's a song previewed on NPR's music website, a TV show on Hulu or new music streamed from Spotify." Wait, did I hear someone say the Google Play store needs content too? Joking aside, understandable move.
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by kurkosdr on Sat 11th Aug 2012 13:07 UTC
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Guys, Google is apparently on the "block first, ask questions later" train copyright holders so much desire. Aka when something is considered by one supposed rights holder copyright infringement, it gets immediately blocked without any kind of due proccess, and it's up to the uploader to prove himself innocent and rebuild lost mindshare.

The question is: Did Google became like this because of the massive harrasment by Viacom and Co, or because of their adventures in Google Play and VEVO?

Anyway, someone make a tool that abuses Content ID to bring YouTube to a halt, so we 'll at least get some lulz out of this.

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