Posted September 27, 2007 5:01 pm by with 7 comments

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We didn’t mention it (too many bad scraper experiences, perhaps?), but last Wednesday was Talk Like a Pirate day. According to the National Legal and Policy Center, Google’s taking it a bit far:

Earlier this summer, the National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC) researched the extent of copyrighted material being hosted on Google Video and released a “Top 50” list of apparently copyrighted movies. In the latest “spot check” of the site conducted from September 10 to September 18, NLPC discovered 300 additional instances of apparently copyrighted films, including over 60 movies released this year.

Additionally, the copyrighted videos have been viewed over 22 million times. The NLPC provided a list of the movies they found, as well as screenshots.

The NLPC criticizes Google’s slowness in creating a filter for their video properties. Google’s latest announcement on the topic, in July, projected the time line as “sometime in the fall.” Google told MarketWatch:

“We’ve been developing improved content identification for months,” [Google spokesman Gabriel] Stricker said. “While this is one of the most technologically complicated tasks we’ve undertaken, we’re confident that in the not-too-distant future, we’ll unveil an innovative solution that will work for users and content creators alike.”

MarketWatch also found that, “A check of the Google Video service late Wednesday revealed only clips and trailers of the movies mentioned by the National Legal and Policy Center.”



  • I guess Google has morphed into a typical big company. See what you can get away with and only make detrimental changes to your business when pushed.

  • The time has finally come. I see this as a fight in the making.


  • if Google does not come up with perfect advertising model to make money out of youtube, and youtube will make less money than whats spend on bandwidth that day will be the day GBubble starts:)

  • Andy I think it’s what happened and what was expected when Google went public. It’s about answering to the shareholders now.

    I’ve been thinking a lot about copyright lately. I believe in it, but I wonder how workable it’s going to be given how easy it is to scrape content and upload copyrighted videos and music.

    It seems like it’s a losing battle and I wonder if there’s a better way to ensure people are compensated for their intellectual property.

    If you create something you should control the rights to how it’s used and others shouldn’t be able to profit from your work without your consent. But are we realistically capable of enforcing that anymore?

  • This is morally wrong. There can be no justification whatsoever for not putting in filters beforehand. Now to say that it will take time is absolving itself of the responsibility to protect IR. This is not something that a company of Google’s reputation and fame should be doing. I hope someone there is listening.

  • Guess it won’t be much of a problem for Google. All they have to do is adquire the National Legal and Policy Center and problem solved! 😀

  • Thanks to the informations…