Google yanks 30,000 videos from YouTube

By Justin Mann on October 20, 2006, 2:14 PM
Google is taking some of the first definitive actions in preventing lawsuits since their acquisition of YouTube. After several Japanese media companies filed complaints with Google, they have opted to pull 30,000 videos on the site. The videos were pulled for not having permission from the copyright holders. While 30,000 is a drop in the bucket of the millions of videos available on the site, it shows that Google isn't afraid to act quickly to stem potential lawsuits. Given that, how much will this impact people's interest in the site? From personal experience, the majority of videos I see on YouTube are home recorded clips coming off cameras, camcorders or webcams, rather than bootleg music videos or concerts.

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phantasm66 said:
Copyright is one thing, but there are also other very serious matters. There have been reports of kids being bullied at school, and videos of it being put on YouTube. A video of a teacher's breasts was put on YouTube. There are also videos of people being mugged and battered as well. What's next - a video of someone being raped? Or doing something perverted with an animal? There has to be limits and I am very glad that Google seems keen on enforcing that.
vigilante said:
Well said, I agree. A lot of kids are using this thing now. Somebody has to be safe.
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