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Andrew Hornback
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8/14/2012 | 1:56:53 AM
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I think one of the big points that's missing here - Net Neutrality. With Google's push to make itself into an residential and commercial bandwidth provider (Hello, Kansas City anyone?), are they going to apply this same sort of thinking to the content that gets served to users down their pipes?

I feel that this is a VERY wrong road for Google to be going down... what's the upside for their shareholders? By adding more filters, you're increasing the amount of resources used per search, you're increasing the amount of time per search...

What happened to "Don't be evil" ?

Andrew Hornback
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8/13/2012 | 7:03:38 PM
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@AvidUser, you're 100% right. I posted a live performance of an ensemble that 1) I'm a member of, 2) serve on the board of, and 3) had the vote of the rest of the board to post of a piece of music with a copyright date of 1921 and some wacko had claimed the rights (he even had a seriously suspicious username) and yet Youtube notified me of a copyright violation and then, in no uncertain terms, said if I challenged a copyright claim and they didn't agree with me they'd cut me off without any chance of appeal. That was flat out stupid and yes I challenged it and WON, but it's clear Google has no clue what is and isn't copyrighted or who or who may not actually claim copyright. If you can't show proof of copyright then, IMHO, you should be cut off if you make such a claim (the user who made the claim was still live on Youtube after I won my case - same penalties should apply to false claims).

Another example, Canada has VERY different copyright laws than the US. 50 years and done if I'm not mistaken (someone please correct me if I'm wrong). Does this mean that Canadian users have to deal with idiotic DMCA notices?

Google needs to worry less about these complaints and more about their own privacy issues before they start down this road or we'll all be back to using Yahoo or, heaven forbid, Bing and Google will go the way of Alta Vista (anyone remember them?).
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8/13/2012 | 6:33:13 PM
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This is funny. If the filters work as described, YouTube will be banned or relegated to oblivion since there in lies some of the most flagrant abuses of copyright infringment. I am not a proponent of copyright infringement but some of Googles "features" and "enhancements" are more effective in nullifying its relevancy as the primary search tool it once was. I applaud many of its innovations and policys but many times find them ineffectual and laughable.


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