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Google really is being evil

25 May 2018

Google has often been slammed for not adequately enforcing or protecting the copyrights of content creators.

Recording artists are still bitching that the company's YouTube division does not do enough to police and enforce the copyright which protects their work. For its part, Google claims it does everything possible to ensure that copyrights are respected. To this end it will take down videos that are reported as infringing copyright and it has an automated "Content ID" system which pattern matches for protected works.

Over the years, Google has managed to convince authorities that it is a good actor in the world of copyright. Even though Youtube plays host to countless infringing works, the company itself is not held accountable for those infringements because its "policies" are designed to do whatever it can to prevent those infringements.

This seems a little at-odds with the way that other companies, who also operate on a "best efforts" basis, have been hung, drawn and quartered by the courts for doing exactly the same thing.

Well I think Google's claims that it does all it can to prevent copyright infringement have just been shown to be dead wrong.

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