What Can We Blame Next On YouTube? How About Unauthorized Software Copying?
from the oh-come-on dept
With YouTube still in the midst of its legal fight with Viacom over infringing videos, it seems that people are starting to look at what else can be pinned on YouTube. Someone points us to an article that highlights an interesting trend that I must admit, I was totally ignorant of before: people are posting the details of software cracks in YouTube videos, and apparently it’s pretty pervasive. If you go to YouTube and start typing the names of popular software programs in the search box, the “suggestions” that pop up (which are algorithmically generated based on searches) are nearly all to videos showing you how to crack software. I did a quick look around and easily found a few, most without audio, where the explanations are simply typed into the screen with a word processor. And a lot of these videos have a large number of views.
Now, of course, it’s preposterous to blame YouTube for this, but how much do people want to bet that’s exactly what’s going to happen? The article notes that this may be “the next big headache for YouTube,” and it seems likely that sooner or later some software will try to pin the blame for such videos on YouTube, rather than the creators/uploaders of the videos.