Is it just me, or does Google’s attempt to defend YouTube from Viacom’s copyright allegations sound like something the NRA would say?
According to Reuters…
[Google] said that by seeking to make carriers and hosting providers liable for Internet communications, Viacom “threatens the way hundreds of millions of people legitimately exchange information, news, entertainment and political and artistic expression.”
I’m not trivializing gun-control here, but Google’s implying that, as Americans, we have the right to bear copyrighted videos and share them with anyone we wish.
Viacom is accusing Google of doing “little or nothing” to police gun-permits copyright infringement. Google, on the other hand, claims that the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act should protect YouTube from being sued–after all, it does take down copyrighted material, upon request.
I know it’s easy for us to side with Google on this case–we want to keep our right to share videos online. But, don’t be fooled into thinking that Viacom is the only bad guy here. All Viacom wants is the proper enforcement of its copyright protection–something it accuses Google of failing to do.
You do have the right to bear arms share videos, but at the same time, the gun store Google has to do its part to ensure you have the correct permits to do so.