moTi - 4:04 pm on Jun 29, 2010 (gmt 0)
demaestro, your analogy has multiple flaws. youtube is not the manufacturer of the knives, it provides the infrastructure. it is neither the producer nor the uploader of the respective video content. uploading copyrighted content is illegal. google profits from it.
uploading copyrighted content and downloading copyrighted content are two different things. the reality is, that youtube is used by many people as a convenient music download website. in the current state, it's impossible to go after them. but don't mix up the issues, stay on topic.
so people who upload copyrighted content should be held accountable. but they aren't with good reason. google knows, that if they'd hand over their users to the authorities, youtube would soon break down as users would stop contributing after the first lawsuits.
there is a huge gap in how it should be to your mind and how the current practice respectively legal ruling is. so your expectations belong to a dream world.