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Viacom ramped up its offensive against Google yesterday, saying that it would not back down from its $1 billion lawsuit against the internet search engine.
Philippe Dauman, Viacom's chief executive, said that Google had not done enough to prevent content from being illegally uploaded to YouTube, and gave no impression that a settlement was near to being reached.
Viacom Renews Attack On Google [business.timesonline.co.uk]
Clearly, this is their way of putting pressure on Google for an easier settlement to its lawsuit.
It's simply not possible for a web site owner to police every image, video or written text submitted by the general public.
It's a condition of our professional indemnity insurance that we do this policing, and we do, even though it is expensive to do so. To me, this is part of the cost of doing business.
And, taking the example the provision of file upload and file sharing sites (where users regularly upload our copyright protected material), these are almost designed to help users infringe copyright. If they're not actively monitored for copyright infringement, then site owners get what they deserve if they're sued, IMHO.
It's no different than someone dropping a stolen TV on my front lawn and then me getting arrested for handing stolen items.
Sure you can stop it from happening but you cant police everything, Viacom should work with Google to fix it, it will be of more benefit to them in the long run.
Surely you can't police everybody, but on Youtube it certainly has reached pathetic proportions. The whole thing would collapse as even "socalled" self made videos (Dog under X-Mas tree) regularly feature commercial music.
My gf that is a regular social network user of the Youtube inclusion type regularly wonders if videos suddenly disappear, no matter how often I tell her that's all illegal.