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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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RE: For the full study
By Murst on 9/27/2007 2:43:13 PM , Rating: 3
Although intellectual property is not the same type of property as, say, real estate, I do consider it to be property. Anything that can be described as having an owner, a value, and the ability to be transfered from one owner to another would be property.

You're right about theft. In order to steal intellectual property, you'd probably have to deprive the owner of it without their will. Although I guess it would be possible to steal copyrights (as in, do something illegal to get it transfered in your name), simply infringing on it would not deprive the owner of ownership, and hence would not be theft. I should not have used the word "steal" in that context.

As to intellectual property not being a natural right: It is not a natural right any more than the right to education. However, just like the right to education, I believe it could be derived from other natural rights. Also, keep in mind that violating someone's right to property would not necessairly mean depriving them of said property. For example, take trespassing. You're violating their property rights without taking them away. I think copyright infringement is similar to trespassing.


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