Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 15th May 2013 21:46 UTC
Google "Wired has obtained a copy of a cease and desist letter sent by Google to Microsoft today, demanding Microsoft immediately remove the YouTube app from its Windows Phone Store and disable existing copies on consumers' devices by May 22. The YouTube app for Windows Phone - developed by Microsoft not Google - strips out ads and allows downloading, both violations of YouTube's terms of service." Incredibly petty. Just come up with a solution, you bunch of kids.
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RE: Petty?
by kaiwai on Wed 15th May 2013 23:32 UTC in reply to "Petty?"
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Um if MS is violating Google's TOS then I don't think I would call it petty. And isn't the solution for MS to either negotiate with Google for an exemption or to conform to the TOS?

This seems like a real issue to me. You might think adblocking and downloading should be allowed, and that is a subject for debate, but they are still things Google expressly forbids.


It is petty because all this could have been avoided had Google actually just stepped up and provided an official YouTube application for Windows Phone. I'm not a Windows Phone user and thus I don't have a horse in the race but it doesn't change the fact that if Google refuses to provide an official client then what is Microsoft supposed to do - sit back and allow Google to use the stranglehold they have on the smart phone OS market and content market to leverage each other? I mean, I'm not Microsoft fan but if Microsoft was doing something like what Google is doing you wouldn't hear the end of it from the haters.

Edited 2013-05-15 23:34 UTC

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