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Submission + - Google deal allegedly lets UMG wipe YouTube videos (arstechnica.com)

Sockatume writes: Ars Technica is reporting that Google has given the music conglomerate UMG the right to arbitrarily eliminate YouTube videos. When UMG had Megaupload's "Mega Song" removed from the site, it was assumed that they had made a DMCA claim, and that Youtube was responding under its "safe harbour" obligations. Megaupload's legal response argues that UMG has no grounds to request a DMCA takedown. However in court filings, UMG claims that its licencing agreement with Google gives it the power and authority to unilaterally wipe videos from the site, bypassing the DMCA entirely. If true, that means that your activities on Google are not just curtailed by the law, but by the terms of their secret agreements with media conglomerates.

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