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Eight more parties join YouTube class action case

Eight more parties join YouTube class action case

The opposition gains momentum against YouTube, but the video sharing site believes the plaintiffs have misunderstood the DMCA.

Yesterday, the FA Premier League and independent music publisher Bourne Co. revealed that eight more parties joined the copyright lawsuit against YouTube and its parent company Google.

The new parties that have recently joined the suit includes the National Music Publishers’ Association – the largest music publishing trade association in the US.

Other parties that have joined the fight against YouTube include the Rugby Football League, the Finnish Football League, Knockout Entertainment, Siminole Warriors Boxing, X-Ray Dog Music, author Daniel Quinn and LA journalist Bob Tur.

Tur was the first to file a copyright case against YouTube last year, but has decided to drop his individual suit to join the suit led by the Premier League. “After careful analysis and consideration, I have concluded that the class action is the most effective way for independent copyright holders to secure the judicial remedies that I am seeking,” said Tur in a statement.

Viacom also filed its own case against YouTube, but the two cases were combined for trial purposes. Collectively, the parties have charged YouTube and Google with deliberately encouraging copyright infringement to generate public attention and to increase the video sharing site’s traffic.

“We are pleased to see so many other copyright holders joining us in what we are trying to achieve,” said a Premier League spokesman yesterday. “The clear and growing message to YouTube and Google is simple: their callous and opportunistic business model is contrary to right, contrary to law, and must and will be stopped.”

A Google spokesman returned fire though, claiming that the lawsuit misunderstood Internet copyright laws. “We are disappointed with this lawsuit, as we have great partnerships with the Premier League’s own Chelsea FC, as well as major football clubs such as Barcelona FC, AC Milan, Real Madrid or Bayern Munich, who understand the benefit of using YouTube as another way to communicate with their fans.

“The lawsuit simply misunderstands the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which balances the rights of copyright holders against the need to protect Internet communications and content. As a result, it threatens the way people legitimately exchange information, news, entertainment, and political and artistic expression over the Internet.

The spokesman went on to say that “Most content owners understand that we respect copyrights, we work every day to help them manage their content, and we are developing state-of-the-art tools to let them do that even better.”

One of the state-of-the-art tools that the spokesman refers to is the new piracy prevention system we reported last week.

It almost seems to be a case of six of one and half a dozen of another and I think the truth lies somewhere in the middle. Do you think YouTube will be hit with heavy fines, or will the proposed anti-piracy tools save the site’s skin? Let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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Constructacon 7th August 2007, 11:26 Quote
Genius :(

YouTube is like a massive space that where want to see products that are essentially advertised FOR FREE. With this move global brand awarenesses will plummet and prospective international audiences will be lost through lack of exposure. YouTube doesn't decrease sales (through percieved piracy) it actually increases their audience and sales.

For instance - my brother just bought the complete DVD set of Family Guy (which isn't shown on free to air tv in Australia). I don't believe he would have done this without the odd clip appearing on YouTube and getting passed from email to email. They've really thought this one through haven't they:(
DXR_13KE 7th August 2007, 14:19 Quote
f***ing greedy pigs..... i hope youtube takes all of their videos of the site and their sales plummet.
Delphium 7th August 2007, 14:22 Quote
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Originally Posted by DXR_13KE
f***ing greedy pigs..... i hope youtube takes all of their videos of the site and their sales plummet.

QFT!
ou7blaze 8th August 2007, 03:59 Quote
But I honestly do think that there are LOADS of other people who just download things for free off bit torrent and watch things off youtube and they just aren't paying for content.
completemadness 8th August 2007, 04:33 Quote
I don't see what this will achieve

Youtubes quality is so poor, that if i actually wanted to watch something, i wouldn't watch it on youtube (i think i started watching a movie once and gave up after 10 Min's because it looked awful)
Youtube looks great when its in that little 300x200 window (or whatever) but if you want anything resembling a decent picture, youtube isn't a good place to get it

Now as an advertising medium though, hock damn, all these people are basically getting a free ride, they don't have to pay at all for it
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