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YouTube Wins vs. Telecinco In Spain 68

eldavojohn writes "A Spanish judge has dismissed a case brought against YouTube by Spanish television station Telecinco for violating Telecinco's intellectual property. The ruling reads in part: 'YouTube is not a supplier of content and therefore has no obligation to control ex-ante the illegality of those. Its only obligation is to cooperate with the holders of the rights in order to immediately withdraw the content once the infraction is identified.' Telecinco brought the case against YouTube when it found that episodes of its television programs were turning up on YouTube prior to their official air and release date on their television channel. Things are looking up for Google's video service as YouTube was granted safe harbor from Viacom earlier this year in the United States. You can find an official response from Google on their EU Policy Blog."
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YouTube Wins vs. Telecinco In Spain

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  • weird (Score:4, Insightful)

    by someone1234 ( 830754 ) on Thursday September 23, 2010 @10:15AM (#33675114)

    Did the spanish try to send a takedown to Google, or they just run to the Court?
    One would think, sending an email is cheaper, faster and generally more effective.

  • by alen ( 225700 ) on Thursday September 23, 2010 @10:50AM (#33675602)

    i don't have anything against copyrights but most of the pirated content is put on the internet by insiders. i know someone that gives me movies a few weeks prior to DVD release that are from the original masters. he used to get movies a few days after theater release that were originals as well. music albums pop up on bit torrent weeks prior to street date. same thing in this case, it's not like kiddie ninja's snuck in and stole the episodes. someone who works for telecino put them up on youtube.

    i'm waiting for a case where discovery uncovers emails that the media companies did this as PR and publicity for some new release. it would probably kill most of the lawsuits

  • Re:weird (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Animaether ( 411575 ) on Thursday September 23, 2010 @11:06AM (#33675774) Journal

    Doing nothing at all is cheaper, faster and.. well, not more effective, but it's not particularly all that much -less- effective.

    Here's the rub.. if your content is popular - and I'm guessing it is - then it will end up on YouTube. So what do you do..
    A. Pay a staffer to monitor YouTube continually and a legal department (or lawyer) to draft legal complaints (DMCA takedown notice if applicable), send this to Google, wait for reply and video takedown, then wait some more to see if the person who uploaded is feeling fresh and decides to tell Google that they think the upload was fair use or somesuch, and you get to write some more legal documents, or they just bow their heads and admit that it was infringement at no cost to them beyond reading the youtube e-mail subject (don't even bother with the body content). In the mean time, start your work with the legal peeps to deal with the other 2 videos of the exact same show, uploaded while you were dealing with the aforementioned. After all.. Google isn't obligated to remove -all- the videos.. just the one you complained about.. and you can only complain about one.

    B. Try to sue Google to get them to implement better filtering methods, fingerprinting, removal of -all- the videos that match ones you've already complained about, etc. and spend a whack of cash... that you would've been spending under A anyway.. but of course go nowhere because the courts do firmly side with Google on this.

    C. do nothing.

    of course there's also...

    D. upload the videos yourself, be the official channel for that show, and people will have less of a reason to visit JoePirate's version of the video with crappy compression and "A JOOOOOEEEEEEEEE PIIIRAAAAAATE production!!!!" leader in front of it with its feeble "I'm not the copyright holder - I do not mean to infringe on any copyright!" description that would make me wonder about the uploader's frame of mind if not for the fact that this is, after all, YouTube.

    To some, though, option B may seem more attractive.. perhaps it'll fly in some jurisdiction eventually.. but option A is certainly completely pointless. Option C is the only worthwhile approach if you abhor option D for some reason.

  • by gman003 ( 1693318 ) on Thursday September 23, 2010 @11:28AM (#33676052)
    The problem is, many torrent sites do not readily comply with takedown requests. Many even advertise their illegal material. YouTube will take something down on request, which is the main crux of a "safe harbor" argument.
  • by natehoy ( 1608657 ) on Thursday September 23, 2010 @11:43AM (#33676210) Journal

    So, of the tens of thousands of videos submitted every day, a staff of 200 people is going to compare that to the myriad pieces of copyrighted works in existence today and successfully identify the original content copyright holder, contact them, and ensure that permission has been obtained?

    No, sorry, that would take a staff of one person per day for each video uploaded, and it still wouldn't be very successful.

    If you want to me to support laws to protect your intellectual property, fine. But you have to be part of the solution, not just sitting there after profiting from the work and expecting the rest of the world to protect your property for you for generations. If others are profiting from your work without your permission, that's wrong. But only you know whether the work was authorized for that purpose, and you need to be the one to identify it.

    I realize this is a burden. But it's a burden that someone must bear. Should that be you, the person who has a vested interest in the property and is profiting from it, or the rest of the population of humanity who honestly doesn't really give a flying fuck whether you make any money, but will try to right a wrong if you tell us about it?

Fear is the greatest salesman. -- Robert Klein