Never Mind The Copyright Issues, YouTube Had Better Watch Out For The Politicians
from the yeah,-that-will-help dept
One of the most talked about angles of Google’s purchase of YouTube is what will happen in regards to all the copyrighted material on the site. YouTube’s headed off some of the concerns by doing deals with record labels and other rightsholders (even giving them equity), while others are still threatening to sue. But the site might have another problem: overzealous politicians that blame it for some people’s violent behavior (via Picturephoning.org). Some British politicians somehow think that YouTube and other video sites are “fuelling random acts of violence” — because, obviously, people wouldn’t commit random acts of violence unless they can record them and put the video online. Of course, they’ve got a track record for this, as it mimics how many people said that cameraphones should be banned because of “happyslapping” — where morons would use their phones to film each other randomly attacking people. The problem here isn’t YouTube, or cameraphones, or whatever. It’s the idiots who find it entertaining to beat the crap out of people. Banning this site or that technology won’t help, because as the apparent rise in popularity for YouTube for this sort of thing shows, the idiots will simply move along to whatever new thing comes out. It’s as if the politicians don’t understand that the people committing these acts are the criminals here that need to be stopped, not the likes of YouTube.