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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 Nik00117 on 9/27/2007 3:58:21 PM , Rating: 2
The poeple who use those services are not the poele you need to worry about. the serious priates are the ones who are watching the DVD verison of a movie a week before it comes out.

Those are the ones you need to hit.




By sscilli on 9/28/2007 12:33:40 AM , Rating: 2
I really don't see what the problem is if Google is removing copyrighted material when they notice it, or are notified about it. With millions of viewers, and thousands upon thousands of videos uploaded each day by individual users it is practically impossible to keep copyrighted material from ever appearing. And who really cares if for a very short period of time some people were able to watch a really crappy copy of a movie, those people were probably not going to buy the movie. And if they enjoyed it I'd say there is probably a higher chance they will go out and buy at better quality when it comes out. They may find another way to download it, but I don't really think that most Google/Youtube users are that familiar with real forms of piracy(otherwise they probably wouldn't even bother watching a full length movie in such a fashion).


By Christopher1 on 9/28/2007 3:02:12 AM , Rating: 1
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who really cares if for a very short period of time some people were able to watch a really crappy copy of a movie, those people were probably not going to buy the movie.


Bingo! That is what it amounts to for me as well, if they are really so.... desperate that they are watching a crappy copy of a movie on Youtube that is available for purchase in the United States...... they probably are not going to buy the movie in question at any price or ever.


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