Confused French Indie Labels Sue Google

from the let's-work-on-the-logic-bit dept

It appears that the collection society for indie record labels in France, SPPF, is a bit confused about how the internet works. It’s sued Google over videos on YouTube, claiming that while Google had removed a bunch of videos that were using songs covered by SPPF, many of those songs had returned! Of course, that’s probably because other people uploaded them. But rather than put the blame where it’s due (on the uploaders), SPPF has just decided to sue Google. Even worse, SPPF never bothered to sign up for Google’s totally free program that lets artists upload content they want protected so that Google can match the content and either stop it from being uploaded or allow the copyright holder to profit by putting ads on it. So, basically, SPPF is complaining that Google won’t do what Google absolutely would do if SPPF only used the tools Google has provided. And, claiming that SPPF shouldn’t have to be proactive on this makes no sense either — because how is Google to know whether the use of the content is authorized or not? This lawsuit seems like folks at SPPF were just too lazy to actually understand how Google/YouTube work and so they sued.

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Dark Helmet (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re: Re:

“no, not at all. More like “prove the rights you have, or don’t post”.”

Yes, yes at all. That’s the burden of proof being on the accused. Action should not be taken based on accusations, and this whole “severity of the accusation giving weight to our response” idiocy had better come to a close pretty effing quick or we’re all in trouble.

Raybone says:

Ah once again AC

you have shown how absolutely stupid you really are.

“Simple – the assumption by google / youtube is that everything is good until they are told it isn’t. It should be the other way. That would eliminate all of these issues.”

Do you even have the grey matter to take this position to its logical solution?

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Ah once again AC

You are making a couple of really big errors (beyond the typos, which I make too often myself!).

“innocent until proven guilty” is something for a court of law. It doesn’t extend to commercial rights. In Commercial Rights, it is basically “you have them or you don’t”. There isn’t any “innocent” here, it’s “yes I can, or no I can’t”, nothing more.

The current DMCA regime pretty much allows rights holders to get screwed over all the time. Anyone can use their material, and the rights holder has to go out and police the entire internet to find their content and report it as “not permitted”. In most of these cases, if the original poster was required to show that they have the right, the material would never get posted. In the end, the rights holder gets screwed, their material gets misused, they have to pay to police and protect their rights, and they have no legal recourse to recoup those losses.

It sucks to be a rights holder, it is expensive to protect your property, and everyone else has incredible leeway to abuse your rights without you having any way to get back at them.

Anonymous Coward says:

Do not fall for this gross PR stunt.

If you check your archives, the same SPPF sued Vuze/Azureus. It made the headlines and they newer showed in court. So the case was filed.

SPPF represents a bunch of French indies (one being Carla Bruni-Sarkozy’s label). They think they have to make this kind of announcement to prove they exist against a rival French “syndicate” SCPP.

This is of the upmost “ridicule” but this is …

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