Friday, July 13, 2007

Google vs. Viacom: an Observation

Google CEO Eric Schmidt leveled some harsh criticism against media giant Viacom, which is suing the search titan for a billion dollars. Google's YouTube subsidiary is accused of "massive copyright infringement" for permitting users to share Viacom shows including South Park, The Daily Show, and The Colbert Report.

"Viacom is a company built from lawsuits, look at their history... look who they hired as CEO: Philippe Dauman, who was the general counsel for Viacom for 20 years," Schmidt said on Friday. user rad91 observed:

Things you can't find in youtube
You can't find a hint of nudity in youtube (and trust me, I've tried), but type in "daily show", "simpsons", or "south park", and the world is your oyster. The technology to get rid of all sexually explicit material must be rather sophisticated, so you know they have the ability to remove other types of content. Right or wrong, [Google] should just be more honest and say they don't believe in copyright.

Uhm, that's a hell of a good point.

And if rad91 wants to upload pr0n to YouTube, he might try naming the files "Daily Show".

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