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The NLPC is not happy with Google Video

The National Legal Policy Center (NLPC), a large U.S.-based copyright watch-dog group, has conducted an investigation of Google Video and is upset with the results.

Earlier this summer, the NLPC released a top 50 list of illegally posted copyrighted content that was available online. The group rechecked Google Video between September 10 and September 18 and found over 300 more instances of copyrighted material, including 60 movies released this year.

Shrek the Third, Oceans Thirteen, The Bourne Ultimatum, and Knocked Up were among the new titles easily found.

The NLPC says that these 300 apparently pirated films, along with many other copyrighted works, received more than 22 million views in the past year on Google Video.

"While Google faces numerous legal challenges related to the posting of copyrighted content on its video sharing websites, there is a growing chorus who believe that evidence of Google's seemingly indifferent attitude towards internet video piracy has resulted in a legitimization or 'mainstreaming' of video piracy which will have broad and damaging implications for all intellectual property owners," stated the NLPC in a letter to Congress.

The NLPC says its random spot checks have revealed the continual presence of copyrighted material on Google Video over the last year and that the amount of copyrighted content is rapidly growing. The NLPC also notes that Google has never delivered on its promise of filtering technology, which it announced in the fall of 2006.

Google controls a vast amount of the online video content via Google Video and YouTube, which it owns. In July Dailytech reported on YouTube's efforts to crack down on piracy.

The NLPC said that internet piracy theft cost nearly $2.3 billion USD in lost revenue to the US film industry.  They condemned Google's inaction as willful negligence.

The issue of video piracy remains a contentious one.  A large amount of movies and copyrighted works exists for easy, free viewing on YouTube.  Videos are regularly taken down, but they are quickly reposted.  With an increasing amount of media content stored and accessible directly online, copyright law and digital freedoms are frequently clashing, as illustrated by the NLPC's claims.



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By TheTerl on 9/27/2007 10:34:01 AM , Rating: 3
The article itself is a little ambiguous about the actual study. Does the NLPC claim infringing works remain posted after the content owner has sent a takedown notice? If that is the case, it certainly doesn't bode well for Google. If the NLPC only claims that users continue to upload infringing works, though, I was under the impression that safe harbor provisions make it clear Google is doing nothing wrong. Can anyone clear that up?


By Christopher1 on 9/28/2007 2:59:05 AM , Rating: 1
It appears that their problems is that after they file a takedown notice for one illegal copy of something on Google Video, another illegally copy or several appears within a few minutes or days.

Now, the only thing that Google could do to stop that is to have all posts moderated, but that would twerk a lot of people off and would make Google Video close.

There is just no way to keep things from appearing on Google Video that are copyrighted, and the media companies are just going to have to either keep on filing takedown notices, or just give up and accept that their business model does not work anymore and offer online downloads at a REASONABLE price.

Personally, I wouldn't want to view a movie on Google Video myself, with the degradation from formatting the movie to DIVX or something similar..... but some people would.


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