Google Video Home to Pirates!
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.”