The death of youtube? UMG has the right to take down any content - whether it owns the copyright or not
I think this might be my first P&C topic here and while maybe it isn't P&C in and of itself i can imagine the thread might get that way. So.... on to business:
arstechnica[/url]]Universal Music Group has responded to Megaupload's request for a temporary restraining order barring the music giant from further interference with the distribution of its "Mega Song." UMG insists that it had a right to take down the video—not under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, as Megaupload had assumed, but under a private contractual arrangement between UMG and YouTube.
UMG's filing raises more questions than it answers. Most obviously, the firm has not explained why it took down the video in the first place. But the filing also raises deeper questions about UMG's effort to essentially opt out of the DMCA takedown rules. UMG seems to believe it can take down videos even if it doesn't hold the copyright to them, and that when UMG takes a video down from YouTube, the owner of that video can't avail herself of even the weak protections against takedown abuse provided by the DMCA.
I'm not sure i can fully express my disdain for this move if, in fact, this is the wording and proper interpretation of the Google/youtube/UMG contract. IMO, if they want to claim that they are in any way respecting copyright and/or those laws then they must respect other people's copyrights as well.... Of course, I'm sure i'm not the only one who believes that "copyright" as businesses see it is not as it was intended or commonly accepted as in society to exist. They see it as "my way or GTFO".
Thoughts? Death of youtube as a service?