YouTube releases pirates identity

By Justin Mann on February 15, 2007, 8:24 PM
The Internet is not so anonymous. Or, at least, YouTube isn't. Probably more to please those big media companies with wary eyes, YouTube has released the identities of several users that were pirating, including one fellow who was uploading television episodes before they had even aired. While that certainly won't stop the circulation of the videos, it very well demonstrates Google and YouTube's willingness to prove they are anti-piracy. This isn't the first time they have done this, either.

How will this impact YouTube in the future? It began as a very friendly site open, anonymous, quick. When people get scared of being exposed, whether or not they are pirating, their willingness to participate might shrivel up very quickly. When your entire business is based upon community submissions, it's important to keep them happy and keep them feeling safe. Would you submit a video knowing that at any time they might send all they know about you to a probing legal authority?

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beef_jerky4104 said:
Hmm. I don't think the person who pirated should be brought into a legal issue. In my opionon pirating is ok. And we wouldn't have the problem if things were open source like they used to.
jhencken said:
I wouldn't post anything I thought was illegal. OTOH, I don't know the laws all that well. If I were in an "ignorance of the law is no excuse" situation, I would certainly hesitate to post if I thought anything was "borderline." I would personally feel more comfortable supporting "privacy" if I believed it was a matter of free speech, rather than the motive just being one of corporate profit. I don't see why something being profitable necessarily means we should support or allow it.
lmchays said:
I think there is a big difference between releasing information about someone who posted a video they had the right to post and someone who posted videos that are the property of someone else. Rather the video in question belongs to a movie studio or to another individual if you do not have the rights to the video then you should not have the expectation of "privacy" if you post it. The question of privacy rights will become even larger issues in a day and age when cell phones take movie files and allow them to be posted online instantly. Does someone have the right to take secret videos and post them online with details still have the right to hid their inappropriate behavior behind a right to privacy? Illegal and improper acts that try to use this only make it more difficult to protect the privacy rights of the individuals who do indeed deserve the right to privacy.
finnerss said:
As well as I am antipiracy as well, it doesn't give me the right to turn in people with such a scam as Google and YouTube are doing now. It used to be a good place to post videos, for sureAbout pirate property being uploaded been wrong, which it is, a simple "screening" by the community itself, as well as some moderators from Google and YouTube to remove such property would be enough. I would say we should all expose YouTube and Google as a new tool to tell-tale on piracy with the deceiving and ill-intentioned "hook" of "Share your videos online". I can assure you, people really involved in piracy don't use YouTube, their systems are way more sofisticated and would not rely on such a crummy format as .flv which is as annoying as all the formats that companies like MacroMedia or RealPlayer have forced internet users to get used to. Pirates use even more "known" sites which "for some reason" will never be closed down, just take a look at the torrent and porn sites that everyone knows of and who we won't disclose, they're thriving and will continue to do so. Now, they don't use scams like Google and youTube with the double-face of being well-intentioned and then turning in to the hand that feed them into the RIDICULOUSLY LUCRATIVE 1.65 billion dollar deal by which Google acquired YouTube. It is now evident that it wasn't the video future that Google saw, but rather a way to keep the "higher-ups" in a clean way by claiming to the four winds in a blatant fashion "hey, I'm helping to fight antipiracy". This is pure hipocrisy from Google, they show the results and all to real pirate sites, they are the main promoters for all of us to find porn and pirate sites through their search system, and now they use a community to deceive unwary people who more than likely haven't done it with a financial gain, most of them probably to share "novelty" without realizing so much about copyright infringement, to keep their hands clean by showing off as a well intentioned business. Google is a business, a highly lucrative one, do not be deceived. Whenever they buy something, as well as AOL, there is always a hidden reason which is harmful for rightful confidential rights of internet users. I'd like to see more comments on this. Sergio Bustamante
Julio said:
Don't be evil, huh? ( don't support piracy but that seems evil enough to me...After all, YouTube should be somewhat liable for not moderating everything that goes through its service beforehand as well.
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