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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Pointless
by cmost on Wed 15th May 2013 22:02 UTC
cmost
Member since:
2006-07-16

On my Linux box right now, I have a plugin for Mozilla Firefox that blocks all ads and another one that allows downloading videos in either SWF or MP4 format directly from YouTube. What's Google's point?

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RE: Pointless
by Hayoo! on Wed 15th May 2013 22:24 in reply to "Pointless"
Hayoo! Member since:
2013-04-13

It's more of a retaliation, I'd wager. Microsoft has been collecting royalties from Android OEM's, claiming that Android infringes on some of Microsoft's intellectual properties. So Google, in turn, is playing hardball against Microsoft.

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RE: Pointless
by judgen on Wed 15th May 2013 22:24 in reply to "Pointless"
judgen Member since:
2006-07-12

The point is that in some countries EULA's can be enforced by law (very few countries, but USA is one of them) and thus illegal to ship on a commercial product without a proper and valid licensing deal. That firefox extension/plugin is installed by yourself and not an commercial entity making money from your usage i presume?

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RE: Pointless
by andrewclunn on Wed 15th May 2013 22:26 in reply to "Pointless"
andrewclunn Member since:
2012-11-05

Firefox users are smarter than Windows phone users, so if they can keep piracy/ad blocking difficult for windows phone users (rather than point and click) then they can stop it for the vast majority of users.

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