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Viacom steals from You Tube users (video)

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posted on Aug, 10 2010 @ 03:57 AM
Viacom, one of the worlds largest media companies has been stealing copyrighted content from You Tube users to use on their own websites.

This video rant posted on April 27th of 2010 chronicles the findings of Mike Mozart of JeepersMedia. Mike is a famous You Tube personality who reviews suspect, failed or dangerous toys. Mike has been watching the drama between You Tube and Viacom unfold for years since Viacom first claimed copyright infringement from You Tube users back in 2007.

Mike got involved by asking his subscribers to help him discover You Tube users content and channels that Viacom took down illegally. It turns out that when Viacom claimed copyright infringement in 2007, they forced You Tube to also take down content that it had no legal right to claim and thus hurt many people financially. Many people make posting videos on You Tube a life's work.

Mike has 3 more videos on this subject that can be seen on his You Tube channel as well as over 140 fascinating bad and good toy reviews. Many of the reviews show sexually suggestive toys owned and marketed by Viacom to children.

I did a search on this and didn't find anything. Even though this 'story' is 4 months old, there is an ongoing investigation into the practices of Viacom and the public needs to be aware what type of company they are.

Viacom has teams of lawyers that should have known better than this. They themselves did and do the very thing they accuse others, children and teens of doing. I propose everyone boycott this money hungry evil company and all of their products and services.

[edit on 10-8-2010 by JohnPhoenix]

posted on Aug, 10 2010 @ 04:41 AM
I've actually been following these videos.

Viacom once had a video removed from my youtube page for a song that they owned. Whats that? The name of the song? Only God Save The Queen - the UK national anthem. Do Viacom now claim national songs?

posted on Aug, 10 2010 @ 10:54 AM
That's pretty wild.

I'll bet if all of the You Tubers got together with their proof they could file a class action law suit against Viacom and take them for as much as Viacom wanted to get from You Tube in 2007.. which was finally settled in 2010 - judge ruled in Google/You Tube's favor. Viacom said they would appeal but with this hanging over their heads, they would be smart not to.

posted on Aug, 14 2010 @ 03:22 AM
Viacom's shooting themselves in the foot more as they try to ruin our freedom right now. Have you guys heard of ACTA? It's a little more than an anti-piracy bill. If we own those things as intellectual properties and this treaty comes into place and ruins the internet more. Then we use this treaty to sue the # out of Viacom for stealing our intellectual properties, as if this treaty is passed then we have 3 strikes or we go to prison. How would they do this to a company who is violation the rules they're trying to implement?

posted on Aug, 14 2010 @ 03:36 AM
reply to post by JohnPhoenix

Unlikely, you'll prolly find that they bought the rights to use the videos from Youtube/Google... Youtube owns the rights to your videos...

[edit on 14/8/10 by ghostsoldier]

posted on Aug, 15 2010 @ 11:40 AM

Originally posted by ghostsoldier
reply to post by JohnPhoenix

Unlikely, you'll prolly find that they bought the rights to use the videos from Youtube/Google... Youtube owns the rights to your videos..
Some rights, yes.

For clarity, you retain all of your ownership rights in your Content. However, by submitting Content to YouTube, you hereby grant YouTube a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, sublicenseable and transferable license to use, reproduce, distribute, prepare derivative works of, display, and perform the Content in connection with the Service and YouTube's (and its successors' and affiliates') business, including without limitation for promoting and redistributing part or all of the Service (and derivative works thereof) in any media formats and through any media channels. You also hereby grant each user of the Service a non-exclusive license to access your Content through the Service, and to use, reproduce, distribute, display and perform such Content as permitted through the functionality of the Service and under these Terms of Service. The above licenses granted by you in video Content you submit to the Service terminate within a commercially reasonable time after you remove or delete your videos from the Service. You understand and agree, however, that YouTube may retain, but not display, distribute, or perform, server copies of your videos that have been removed or deleted. The above licenses granted by you in user comments you submit are perpetual and irrevocable.

[edit on 8/15/2010 by JoshNorton]

posted on Aug, 15 2010 @ 12:06 PM
Youtube doesn't own our vids. Also this video shows pretty clearly how viacom is screwing with the youtubers. Can't wait to see what happens when this gets more publicity.

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