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Another YouTube Conversion Site Clipped 94

Posted by timothy
from the no-wall-just-this-thorny-hedge dept.
Hodejo1 writes "[Tuesday] morning we learned that Google fired the first volley against YouTube conversion sites by blocking's servers from accessing its service and sending a letter threatening legal action. It looks like the fast growing also got the letter based on the note posted on the site: 'We're sorry to announce this, but has shut its service down for good.'"
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Another YouTube Conversion Site Clipped

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  • by medcalf (68293) on Wednesday June 20, 2012 @10:46AM (#40385153) Homepage
    If they allow us to see their content, they have to send us the bits in some form. If they send us the bits in any form, we can capture them and convert them to another form. Shut down all conversion sites today and more will be up in a week. Or we will start using browser plugins, or local apps. It is not technically possible to share something digitally without it being able to be captured digitally. It's like using a flashlight and then complaining that the person you're shining it on is using the light to read by, when you only meant to use the light to see them.
  • by Runaway1956 (1322357) on Wednesday June 20, 2012 @12:59PM (#40387073) Homepage Journal

    You sum it up pretty nicely - but the point that you don't make is, this: Those conversion sites are monetizing the process, in one fashion or another. While it might be alright for you and I to take advantage of Youtube, or any other site, for our own personal use, it is NOT ALRIGHT for another corporation to horn in on the money to be made.

    Those sites might do better if they were using Google ads on their sites, in a manner that didn't violate Google's policies. Might. If Google were making a penny or two at the same time the conversion site made a penny or three, they might get along.

Computers can figure out all kinds of problems, except the things in the world that just don't add up.