Video-sharing pact leaves Google out in the cold
Viacom wants cash
Some of the world's biggest media companies have announced a copyright protection pact with a group of video-happy net businesses that doesn't include Google and YouTube.
Earlier today, we dutifully reported that this announcement was on the way, and now it's here. Video-sharers Dailymotion, Microsoft, MySpace, and Veoh have joined up with media giants CBS, Disney, Fox, NBC Universal, and Viacom in a promise to "foster online innovation while protecting copyrights."
“We are delighted that so many leading companies have come together behind a set of principles that provide a framework for intellectual property to live in harmony with technical advances," read a canned statement from Viacom president and CEO Philip Dauman. "These principles will enable innovative technology and great content to come together to spur greater innovation and, most importantly, much richer entertainment experiences for consumers."
But this copyright lovefest leaves out the world's largest video sharer, YouTube, and its parent company, Google. Which is hardly surprising. The two companies are still facing a $1bn lawsuit from Viacom over copyright infringement.
Reuters reports that Google is in talks to join the pact, but when we asked the Mountain View outfit if this was indeed the case, it...ignored us.
Clearly, Dailymotion, Microsoft, and Veoh have joined this copyright protection agreement in part to avoid similar suits. And MySpace has joined because it's owned by News Corp, Fox's parent company.
All four net-tastic businesses offer services that facilitate YouTube-like video sharing, and they've all agreed that these "user-generated content (UGC) services" will adhere to a long list of rather wordy principles.
But at the center of this pact is the promise that all these sites will include video fingerprinting technology that rejects copyright infringing content before it's uploaded. That sounds a lot like the tool Google and YouTube introduced earlier this week.
You'd have to say that Google wants to play along. But Viacom would rather have that $1bn ®
On top of that
Looks like Disney stole it from Murphy's Laws.
Indeed, Murphys Golden Rule states that : "He who has the gold makes the rules".
I have that on a poster bought in 1989.
So, who's your daddy now ?
Don't worry Bobbles31
Seeing as you managed to spell the name of the ripped show wrong (single L, double D), Disney might have a hard time searching for your self-declared infringement!
there are valid fair use exemptions, recognised widely for use in parodies or short clips and for educational purposes and some comapnies encourage fan-based content.
The reality is that most media companies want to ignore any fair use of their product and are just seeking to monetise everything they can to support their floundering business models.