Google has been asked by a US law enforcement agency to remove several videos exposing police brutality from the video sharing service YouTube, the company has revealed in its latest update to an online transparency report.
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I just know there are a lot of readers here who'll love this. Dance your PhD to explain it? Meh. Been there, done that hat tip Chester, Markus, Asa, Kris and Ben. I own that pole at [Chicago club of note], people. But seriously, as a concept, I really can take it quite seriously. What's the saying? "If I can't dance at your Revolution, I'm not coming." That's me, fer shore. Read more about Dancing with your PhD
According to BBC News: a US court ruled that Google must release the viewing history of YouTube users to Viacom in order to comply with copyright infringement laws. Google's legal counsel said: "We will ask Viacom to respect users' privacy and allow us to anonymise the logs before producing them under the court's order."
Apparently, privacy experts find this ruling a tad, uh, frightening: Read more about Google to release YouTube users' viewing data to Viacom
I do love the folks at EFF. Just putting this up as a measure of support. Viacom will lose this one methinks:
MoveOn, Brave New Films Sue Viacom For Illegal Takedown of YouTube Video
San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) asked a federal court today to protect the free speech rights of MoveOn.org Civic Action and Brave New Films after their satirical send-up of "The Colbert Report" was removed from YouTube following a baseless copyright complaint from media giant Viacom.
EFF wants to know:
Well, with its 100,000 DMCA takedown notices aimed at YouTube users, now it's Viacom that is netting its share of dolphins. Among the 100,000 videos targeted for takedowns was a home movie shot in a BBQ joint, a film trailer by a documentarian, and a music video (previously here) about karaoke in Singapore. None of these contained anything owned by Viacom. For its part, Viacom has admitted to "no more than" 60 mistakes, so far. Yet each mistake impacts free speech, both of the author of the video and of the viewing public.
Did Viacom take down your video? Let them know if they did.
DRM Current copyright law is one of the worst things to happen to free speech in this country, and if it weren't for all the other horrors shredding the Constitution, this would be a much bigger issue. Read more about Enjoy YouTube While You Can, It May Not Last
I can't wait for the gay sequel. "I'm going to breach your Southern Border." Hohohoho.
And while we're at it:
irregardless isn't even a word!
John doesn't need to hits, but still, this one surprised even my cynical ass:
I just got a cease-and-desist letter from YouTube, see below, regarding my CNN footage I posted. The footage, you'll recall, was from Larry King Live last night in which Bill Maher outed Republican Party chair Ken Mehlman as gay. It seems that CNN has suddenly decided that it no longer wants bloggers, or YouTube, posting any of its video, which is kind of surprising since I always thought we were doing a CNN a favor by constantly touting their network. Apparently I was wrong.
So Universal is now herding the sheep toward the gate. In a move that has proved questionable, Universal has signed a deal with YouTube for distribution of content while simultaneously launching an attack against its competitors â€“ oligarchs of the world unite! Read more about Universal Gorilla Pimps the Net
I know, I know, it's all about the money. But this doesn't make me happy:
SAN FRANCISCO - Internet search leader Google is snapping up YouTube for $1.65 billion, brushing aside copyright concerns to seize a starring role in the online video revolution.
A record that sells 100,000 copies qualifies as a Gold Record. According to a very interesting story in today's Richmond VA Times-Dispatch, the video of Sen. George Allen calling a native-born Virginian American a "macaca" has now been viewed on YouTube more than 250,000 times. Read more about Winning a Gold Macaca
While some of you may have heard that the Blogosphere is controlled by the uberfascist sushi eating rabid Lambmaster Kos, here at Corrente, our first loyalty will be to His Majesty of the Grey Turtleneck, may he rule forever, amen. Who has proven once again why we'll never be anything more than a bunch of kids in pajamas typing fever induced swampiness from parental basements in flyover land. How will we every get Rahm to take us seriously? Clearly, Atrios, you're killing the party. Read more about Friends Don't Let Friends Drink and Post