I suspect UMG may not be trying for "some court will magically believe UMG's made up interpretation of copyright law" so much as they're hoping that Veoh will run out of money to continue the legal fight.
Under such a circumstance, I'm sure UMG will be more than happy to provide a "generous" settlement offer of "if you admit guilt, we'll let you die in peace".
It's much like any other corporation fighting with a smaller entity - they're just swamping the other person down in pointless appeals/paperwork in the hopes of draining their resources. Because, y'know, fair fights are for sissies/paupers.
Those lessons are the property of the MPAA. Any and all attempts to learn from their "example" will be considered theft and dealt with harshly in a court of law.
Obviously, if you steal a lesson from the MPAA, they no longer have it. And that's just WRONG.
(not that they're using it, anyways. But that in no way means that their example is part of some mythical "public domain".)
Here's the part I find truly despicable: Senator Dodd and his team are quite good at this. We’ll sit down with them and ask what has to be done to make legislation more narrowly tailored....
Not "we'll sit down with the people who complained". Not "we'll sit down with Google or the other tech companies that understand how these things work". Not even "we'll sit down with the congressmembers who we're pretending wrote this."
This total [self-censored] wants to "sit down" with the same people who created this overly broad piece of crap in the first place and ask them how they want to proceed. And doesn't see any problem with that.
Dear RIAA and MPAA:
See this story? This story is the last straw.
Henceforth, you will not see one dime of commerce from myself or anyone in my household. Considering the trash you produce, it's not really like I want to watch or listen to anything made by the American film/recording industries anyways.
I also will make it a point to campaign and vote against any politician who accepts campaign donations from either of you.
Seriously. Fuck you both. Words cannot describe the hatred you've engendered in my mind.
And I doubt I'm alone.
Uh... do you have any idea at all what these sites actually did?
It was never about "paying people to seed content that wasn't theirs", except in a minority of cases. It was about collaboration and bypassing the gatekeepers.
But I guess that's the point you just let whiz right over your head, huh? The fact that these services have substantial non-infringing uses in collaborative efforts and independent distribution. Courtesy of the chilling effects caused by this action, the free speech rights of many American citizens (along with substantial amounts of their data...) have been reduced or destroyed.
But... apparently, copyright trumps the first amendment. I missed that part in my constitutional scholarship, it seems.