Saturday, February 10, 2007

Viacom Sues Google over Gravity

I'm sure you've all heard the dispute going on between Viacom and Google; for those who haven't, here's the rundown:

YouTube purchased by Google
Users upload copyrighted content to YouTube
Google does not remove content
Viacom sues Google



So you see it's all Google's fault. An out-of-control user uploaded some copyrighted content and Google didn't remove it until they were specifically asked to. Therefore, Google should give all their earthly possessions to Viacom.

Come on now, Viacom. Here's a basic lawsuit primer, quoted from "When You Should Sue and When You Should STFU":

Simple question: Did Google break any laws?
Simple answer: No.

Therefore, Google can't be convicted of any crimes.



This case should be treated the same way P2P software debates have been. Whenever a P2P program was sued for allowing users to transfer content illegally, the courts just said this (reworded in plan English):

Nobody can govern how their software is used.
Therefore, the person at fault is the one who uploads or downloads files illegally, not the person who wrote the software.

This makes perfect sense, because if you think about it, you can share music by email. Does that make email applications liable? Of course not.

This same principle should be applied here: Google cannot decide how their services are used. Therefore, they are not responsible for the use of their services. They should discourage illegal acts, and they should certainly have a legal disclaimer that says that they are not liable, but these are technicalities.

To Google: Every decent person who loves their freedoms is standing behind you.

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2 Comments:

Blogger tedkidd said...

furthermore, viacom actually benefits from these posts... People outside their viewership get to see pre-screened and rated clips (read; the best bits) and may be drawn to the underlying show!

Utube drove me to be completely addicted to the Daily Show...

In a similar vein, microsoft actually wants their software to be pirated. Their reasoning is exactly the same - people will be converted. http://techdirt.com/articles/20070312/165448.shtml

Tuesday, March 13, 2007 7:40:00 AM PST  
Blogger Chris said...

“YouTube is a significant, for-profit organization that has built a lucrative business out of exploiting the devotion of fans to others’ creative works in order to enrich itself and its corporate parent Google,” said Viacom in a statement.

Basically, Viacom thinks people are watching only YouTube clips instead of actually watching their networks on TV. And they want a BIG piece of the pie. Money hungry pigs, they are. Joost is just going to get Joosted and smashed by the Giant called Google. I find it funny that ever since articles came out posing Google as the newest giant, everybody, even Microsoft, The Evil Empire itself, tried to punch Google in the face. I hope all opponents know that they have to face not only Google, but "We the People" to. I don't think I'm watching any Viacom networks for quite a while. I can live without Comedy Central, after all, the internet knows and has EVERYTHING. :-)

Tuesday, March 13, 2007 8:20:00 AM PST  

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