Comment on Save Miku: Hatsune Miku YouTube Videos Deleted En Masse by Anonymous:

No, they are not. They are required to accept the request in good faith. If they refused to do so and the request turned out to be valid, they are legally liable. If the MAFIAAs can sue teenagers for millions over a few mp3s, think what they would do to Google which has been a thorn in their eye for more than a decade now.


[quote]“Good practice” or not, it’s bullshit, especially when they are deleting videos copyrights to which has the uploader, without even spending 5 minutes on checking it, just because some unrelated asshole decided to press the “report” button.[/quote]
One asshole pressing the report button does nothing. If enough assholes do, Google will investigate and determine weather the content should be taken down. However, they take user reports with a grain of salt just as they should.

This is a different thing. Google has a separate non-public system to file infringement requests. Copyright holders can apply to use that system, but they are required to sign a contract with Google. Using that system lets you takedown videos immediately, but the contract has provisions against false requests. If you deliberately file false requests that way, Google can turn around and sue you for sabotaging their service.

And by the way, it takes more than 5 minutes to determine weather a given party has the right to issue takedown requests. You can’t just go to wikipedia and look it up. The courts will eat you alive if you do something as naive. It becomes even more complicated when organizations often subcontract separate entities to do the takedowns for them. You need to verify the publisher really has rights to the content with the local government, and then verify the request with the publisher itself. It may take hours to go through the bureaucratic bullshit.
Considering the volume of infringing video uploaded on YT every day, it’s infeasible to validate all of them.

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