Nonprofit Group Shows Misplaced Shock At The Fact That Google Video Has Copyrighted Content

from the this-is-news? dept

It's fairly stunning how often people try to blame Google for something that isn't its fault at all. Witness the latest coming from the nonprofit organization the National Legal and Policy Center. It's claiming that, shocker of all shockers, there's some infringing content hosted on Google's video service. And, this organization which claims the reason they're bringing up this important matter is because it's "focused on ethics and accountability," never bothers to actually understand what's going on and who should actually be accountable. It's not Google who is uploading the content here. The NLPC claims that this is a weak excuse but never bothers to explain how Google is supposed to know what content is up there on purpose with the support of the content owners and which isn't. In fact, one of the movies that the NLPC lists is Michael Moore's Sicko, which Michael Moore doesn't seem to mind being online. The NLPC doesn't explain how Google is supposed to police every single upload. It doesn't explain why the service provider should be blamed for the actions of its users. That's because it just wants to make a big statement and make Google look bad. And, to be honest, making such statements without understanding what's actually going on for the purpose of smearing a company doesn't seem particularly ethical or accountable for an organization that claims its focused on both things.


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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 24th, 2007 @ 8:20am

    The real question...

    So, what are they selling?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 24th, 2007 @ 8:33am

    WHen will they learn

    So if I make a drug deal over the phone, should the phone company be charged with abetting? Stupid, stupid, stupid.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 24th, 2007 @ 8:44am

    If someone steals my car and drives it down the highway, do I have the right to sue the state? Because, they allowed that car to drive down the highway. Keep in mind that I haven't called the cops and put them on the lookout for my stolen car. Also, my car has OnStar. Do I have the right to sue?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 24th, 2007 @ 9:10am

    LOL!!

    I'm just waiting for the day that politicians start suing for losing elections.

    A student suing his professor for assigning too much homework in class.

    Maybe sports team suing for losing the championship.

    An attacker suing his/her intended victim for fighting back with "execcesive" force.



    And the sad part is two of those things I just listed have already happened...

     

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    Buzz, Jul 24th, 2007 @ 9:34am

    ...

    I eagerly await the day when it becomes legal to sue stupid people purely on account of stupidity.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 24th, 2007 @ 9:42am

    every1 is after the big fish.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 24th, 2007 @ 10:09am

    Re: LOL!!

    Not sure, but I think all four of these have already occurred.

     

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    insomniac, Jul 24th, 2007 @ 11:12am

    Why can't we take on other countries political system (Brittan I think) where the loosing party pays all court costs. That would cut down to just the big fish sewing the big fish till there all dead.

     

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    insomniac, Jul 24th, 2007 @ 11:14am

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    err sewing = suing my bad :-)

     

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    Overcast, Jul 24th, 2007 @ 11:28am

    Could we sue lawyers for getting people out of jail if they commit a second offense? Perhaps that's a good idea.

     

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    .Net Developer, Jul 24th, 2007 @ 12:58pm

    Re: ...

    It should also be illegal to be really stupid...call it felony stupid. :)

     

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    .Net Developer, Jul 24th, 2007 @ 1:00pm

    Re: WHen will they learn

    Just as stupid is suing the gun manufacturer when a gun they sold LEGALLY is used in a crime...oh wait, that has happened already too.

     

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    inc, Jul 24th, 2007 @ 2:40pm

    Re: WHen will they learn

    Ya... I'm gonna use this defense if I get bust doing my drug deals. err... if I did that sort of thing.

     

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