YouTube Said To Introduce Paid Service For Music

By the end of the year, YouTube, a division of Google, will unveil a paid subscription music service to compete with Spotify and other streaming outlets, according to people briefed on the company’s plans.

Subscriptions to YouTube’s program, at about $10 a month, would be tailored to mobile devices, and let its customers watch videos — or just listen to the music on them — without interruptions from advertising, according to these people, who were not authorized to discuss the service publicly.

The deal would also allow record companies, which have long complained about low per-stream payouts, to reap bigger royalties on YouTube, which has become the dominant listening platform for young people all over the world.

» via New York Times

Copyright Lawsuit Targets Cover Songs on YouTube

In the latest sign of friction over the licensing of online music, a group of music publishers has sued Fullscreen, one of the largest suppliers of videos to YouTube, saying that many of Fullscreen’s videos — particularly cover versions of popular songs — infringe on the publishers’ copyrights.

Fullscreen is one of the largest of the so-called multichannel networks, or M.C.N.’s, which produce their own content — the company’s offices are in Culver Studios in Los Angeles, where “Gone With the Wind” and “Citizen Kane” were filmed — and represent the work of thousands of other creators of widely varying sizes. According to Fullscreen, the 15,000 channels the company represents have a total of 200 million subscribers and draw more than 2.5 billion views each month.

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Copyright owners can't sue Google's YouTube as a group: judge

A U.S. judge on Wednesday denied class-action status to copyright owners suing Google Inc over the use of material posted on YouTube without their permission.

U.S. District Judge Louis Stanton in Manhattan denied a motion to certify a worldwide class of copyright owners in a long-running lawsuit over videos and music posted to the popular website.

"The suggestion that a class action of these dimensions can be managed with judicial resourcefulness is flattering, but unrealistic," Stanton wrote.

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YouTube Prevails in Viacom Copyright Suit — Again

Media giant Viacom lost yet another legal salvo today toward getting as much as $1 billion from Google for allegedly violating music and video copyrights on the YouTube video service.

U.S. District Judge Louis Stanton of New York ruled on the case again after a federal appeals court, largely siding with YouTube last year, asked him to consider a narrow issue of whether YouTube was aware of the rampant infringement of Viacom’s content taking place on YouTube before it adopted its copyright filters in 2007.

Over all, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had largely upheld Stanton’s 2010 decision throwing out the case on the grounds that YouTube, like other online companies, was not liable for infringement committed by its users.

In the end, Stanton concluded today that Viacom does not have “the kind of evidence that would allow a clip-by-clip assessment of actual knowledge.”

» via Wired

YouTube Alters Copyright Algorithms, Will 'Manually' Review Some Claims

Google-owned YouTube said Wednesday it is altering its algorithms to reduce invalid copyright infringement claims on its video-sharing site and will begin manually reviewing some claims instead of the system automatically blocking disputed footage.

The development comes a month after First Lady Michelle Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention was wrongly flagged by algorithms just after it aired. YouTube, the official streaming partner of the Democratic National Convention, automatically put a copyright blocking message on the livestream video of the event shortly after it ended.

» via Wired

Gmail access restored inside Iran

Iran has lifted restrictions imposed a week ago on the secure version of the Google email service and search engine.

Google’s video-sharing site, YouTube, which has been blocked in Iran since 2009, remains unavailable.

Iran’s telecommunications ministry committee said of the ban: “We wanted to block YouTube, and Gmail was also blocked, which was involuntary.”

"We do not yet have enough technical know-how to differentiate between these two services," Mohammad Reza Miri said.

» via BBC

Actress in Anti-Islam Film Sues YouTube on Copyright Grounds

A California actress who appeared in the infamous “Innocence of Muslims” flick on YouTube is again asking a federal court to remove the anti-Islam footage that has spawned deadly protests and sparked a U.S backlash in the Middle East.

Actress Cindy Lee Garcia is now claiming a copyright interest in the film, and says that Google ignored five DMCA takedown notices served on YouTube seeking removal of the film.

The latest development comes days after a Los Angeles County judge refused to take down the film in a previous suit. Garcia argued she was fired from her job, received death threats and was tricked into starring in the “hateful anti-Islamic production.”

» via Wired

Brazilian police arrest Google exec over online videos

Authorities arrested Google’s top executive in Brazil Wednesday after officials said he violated the South American country’s election law when he didn’t take down online videos that allegedly slandered a political candidate.

An arrest warrant in the southwest state of Mato Grosso do Sul accuses Fabio Jose Silva Coelho, Google’s president in Brazil, of “disobedience” for not removing YouTube videos about a local mayoral candidate.

Federal police arrested Coelho Wednesday, but described the alleged crime as a “minor offense” and said he would be released on his own recognizance after signing a commitment paper to appear in court.

» via CNN

Judge Refuses to Order YouTube to Remove Anti-Islam Film

A California judge refused Thursday to order YouTube to remove controversial footage from “Innocence of Muslims,” the inflammatory film that sparked a U.S. backlash in the Middle East.

A woman who starred in the film, Cindy Lee Garcia, asked a Los Angeles County judge to take down the film because she said she was fired from her job, received death threats and was tricked into starring in the “hateful anti-Islamic production.” The film has possibly led to the killing of J. Chrisopher Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya and about two dozen others the past week.

» via Wired

The benchmark for what makes mass-market television has changed,” says Shishir Mehrotra, YouTube’s VP of product management. “Cable has run out of space. If you’re going to broadcast content to everybody whether or not they watch it, you can only afford to broadcast a few hundred channels. But if you move to a world where you can broadcast on demand to only whoever wants it, now you can support millions of channels.

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