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A week after Google and Viacom both said they hoped to agree to make YouTube viewing data anonymous before Google hands the information to Viacom, no agreement has been signed. Late Friday, Viacom spokesman Jeremy Zweig responded to Google’s finger-pointing with the following statement: “Viacom suggested the initiative to anonymize the data, and we have been prepared to accept anonymous information since day one. We hope that Google will turn its focus back to anonymizing the data they are required to deliver, and spend less time making statements about why they won’t get it done.”
Google Defends Actions in Front of Viacom Lawsuit [webmasterworld.com]
What viacom appear to be saying is that by youtube displaying there logo on video's and music that are owned by viacom they are breaking copyright. And they are!
Days before youtube were aquired by google they insisted the rules were changed to say youtube owned the copyright of all content uploaded and googles defence has been in my opinion to deliberately allow an explosion in copyright theft.
Viacom are not the bad guys here google are. They have grown into a multimillion pound company off the back of other peoples websites that they search. They seek to gain a media company by allowing the upload of video and music that they are aware is not copyrighted to them and claim copyright just because it was uploaded to youtube and pay the creators nothing.
Every person who has had there website scraped hijacked copied or otherwise should support Viacom. Every actor muscian director writer should support Viacom.
I have videos I have uploaded to YouTube, and I have marked some as private for family and friends only.... what twisted logic do you believe exists that gives Viacom rights to all that info? I don't think what I have is their business.... sorry wait.. I KNOW that what I have uploaded to YouTube is none of their business.
YouTube is a multimillion dollar company not off the backs of others... but for providing an excellent portal to heaps and heaps of unique content.... Just cause some of Viacom clips end up on there doesn't account for any of YouTube revenue... Viacom wishes they were that popular.
This is like Highscool, Vicom thinks there might something in 1 person's locker so they violate every students rights to privacy and forces everyone to empty their locker and book bags for an inspection....
Sorry I would rather drop out of school then submit to an illegal search of my property.
I KNOW that what I have uploaded to YouTube is none of their business.
If you uploaded content that is protected by copyright and owned by Viacom, then I would say that it IS their business. But yes if you haven't in fact done that, then I agree that Viacom has no right to your data.
In this case, I would say that Viacom is wrong for asking for the ENTIRE user log, rather it should be asking for FULL information on the users that uploaded the videos that infringed on their copyrights, and going after them individually. After all, this is what the RIAA did with illegal downloaders and as far as I can see it worked for them pretty well.
some of Viacom clips end up on there
Like 150,000? (Viacom sent takedown notices for 150,000 clips prior to the lawsuit. I'd say, this is a "significant" amount.)
Viacom wishes they were that popular.
Weird logic. It's rather the other way around. Because the clips are so popular, they ended up on Youtube. And Viacom (as the rightful owner) clearly sees the presence of those clips as not useful for their business goals (whatever these may be). It's not for Youtube or the individual users to decide what happens to Viacom content. It's Viacom.
Vicom thinks there might something in 1 person's locker so they violate every students rights to privacy
How else could they determine what is in the lockers? They have to take a look to estimate the real number of violations, and the real damage.
Ciacom have made clear that they are not going to go after individuals. They are after Google. That's where the money is.
150,000 is a teeny tiny percent of the total number of videos on YouTube.
Maybe Viacom stuff is popular on there, it still doesn't justify the scope of the data they were asking for.
And they don't get to see what is in all the lockers. If you think someone is doing something wrong then do some investigating without destroying basic freedoms.
I guess if there was a criminal living on your block it would be ok for the police to search all the houses in your neighborhood right? How else are they to determine what is in the houses?
I am looking at the numbers and the damage and I see no real damage. They assume for every view of their material on Youtube that it is minus one view on their network and that isn't the case at all.
Just another civil liberty stomped on and you are cheering.
I guess if there was a criminal living on your block it would be ok for the police to search all the houses in your neighborhood right? How else are they to determine what is in the houses?A more accurate analogy would be to suppose there was a criminal living in your dorm room.
I am looking at the numbers and the damage and I see no real damage.It's not up to you to see the damage - you don't have access to the information Viacom has.
They assume for every view of their material on Youtube that it is minus one view on their network and that isn't the case at all.I don't know that they're assuming that. What they seem to be assuming is that *if* you're going to watch some of their material, it ought to be on their network. And that's a valid assumption.