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"Here there is a law which is specifically designed to give Web hosts such as us, or... bloggers or people that provide photo-album hosting online ... the 'safe harbor' we need in order to be able to do hosting online," said Alexander Macgillivray, Google's associate general counsel for products and intellectual property.
"We will never launch a product or acquire a company unless we are completely satisfied with its legal basis for operating," Macgillivray told Reuters in an interview.
Viacom wants to give Google a black eye, but they know the lawsuit will have little, if any, effect on people's use of Google or YouTube. Google knows that Viacom needs an outlet for its content like the other content providers. The two will eventually strike a deal. The only question remaining will be whether it will be more to Viacom's terms or Google's terms.
I recently heard that the reason some restaurants no longer sing Happy Birthday is because they'd have to pay royalties on it every time they sang it apparently. And, did you know each time a song is played in a restaurant, that needs to be reported to ASCAP/BMI and results in a small royalty too? Enter YouTube - the one entity completely void of these responsibilities and its suppose to be ok for them because of the Safe Harbor? In that case, I think I'll start an online TV network this week and just start showing whatever shows I feel like and keep all the profits myself. Why bother paying licesning or royalties for the material? I'll just create a little "commuinty" somewhere on the site to discuss recent episodes and bingo. I'm covered. ;-)
YouTube is blatantly in violation of here and the use of safe harbor is rediculous in this case. Even though I own a community site, I hope they have to pay the piper on this one. I'm personally sick of watching Google & co get rich off of all my hard work. The apparent attitude from the Googleplex is that intellectual property doesn't exist and is simply material to be exploited for their own gain. It is time to see so lines be drawn here.