YouTube will pay copyright court costs for a few users–not because it’s right–but to protect Google’s bottom line
According to a story in today’s NY Times, the folks at YouTube are ready to pony up cash to support some of its users “fair use” claims in court.
“YouTube said on Thursday that it would pick up the legal costs of a handful of video creators that the company thinks are the targets of unfair takedown demands. It said the creators it chose legally use third-party content under “fair use” provisions carved out for commentary, criticism, news and parody.”
You’ve probably read a lot about “fair use” lately. It’s the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s mantra and if the folks there had their way, pretty much everything and anything would be considered “fair use.” Fair use an important legal doctrine and when applied properly (criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, or research) is not an infringement of copyright. However, these days, too often is used as a disingenuous defense for copyright theft.
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Infringement should not be a business model.
On September 29th, the United States District Court in Manhattan found Grooveshark guilty of massive copyright infringement, and specifically named CEO Sam Tarantino and CTO Josh Greenberg as bad actors. Now, the curtains are starting to drop: just days after that decision was rendered, federal judge Thomas Griesa issued another decision that removed all doubt that the plaintiffs — a total of 9 recording labels — had triumphed in the case.
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Advertisers need to capture the mobile market. The problem is the functionality of the some of the most frequented websites by the coveted youth demographic is disabled on iDevices (the inability to download content to the idevice). In other words, there is no draw to pirate websites (and to the advertising they serve) if the infringing music is no longer accessible. Worry no more, there’s an APP for that… note the top grossing and most popular music apps for the ipad…
And uhm… let’s not worry that ads for Adult Services are being targeted to minors…