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Tuesday, February 06, 2021

Maybe Mark Cuban will turn out to be right. In light of Viacom’s legal injunction to have 100,000 of its copyrighted clips removed from unauthorized YouTube postings, its seems that Google is facing an unwinnable quagmire with its new acquisition.

“It’s now a game of whack-a-mole,” said John Palfrey, a Harvard law school professor, and executive director of the school’s Berkman Center For Internet & Society.

Palfrey and other Internet experts said the problems are indicative of the failures of YouTube and parent Google to have in place the procedures needed to adhere to the new legal landscape

They also suggest that YouTube’s self-policing policy, which has so far relied on users to bring pirated material to its attention, is not working.

“I think as a general matter, if the strategy is to keep copyrighted material off the Internet, it’s a losing strategy,” Palfrey said.

I’m not sure if Google even had a strategy when it took over YouTube, beyond playing a waiting game in the hopes that copyright holders would eventually ease off and let laissez faire reign. Policing is labor-intensive, and thus generally anathema to tech companies that rely upon automation for practically all operational functions.

Google’s still got plenty of cash on hand. Maybe it can just buy up every other videohosting site out there — all of which are now poised to usurp YouTube as the place to be, online-video-wise, if all this keeps up. If Google corners the market, it can put the clampdown on unauthorized uploads.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 02/06/2021 11:57:32 PM
Category: Business, Internet
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Another reason to be bothered by this damnably cold weather:

Because everyone’s wearing gloves, you can’t spot whether or not there’s a wedding band on that otherwise appealing woman standing next to you on the subway platform.

So winter is making me work even harder. It’s not a welcomed development.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 02/06/2021 11:30:58 PM
Category: New Yorkin', Weather, Women
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new final two
Even though there’s plenty of hockey left to play in this National Hockey League season, Edmonton and Carolina both are currently out of the playoff picture, and each face a tough climb to get back in.

If both the Oilers and Hurricanes wind up shut out of postseason play, it’ll be the first ever time that both reigning Stanley Cup finalists miss the following year’s playoffs, going back to the 1926-27 season (when the NHL took control of the Cup).

NHL, say hello to salary-capped parity, where the path from the penthouse to the basement — and back again — is a mere season away. It’s worked well enough in spreading that championship glow around the NFL; we’ll see how it works on ice. I’ve contended that it’s one thing to watch your favorite football team plod through a rebuilding season over a mere 16 games; it’s something else to endure 82 games of bottom-feeder hockey.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 02/06/2021 11:17:37 PM
Category: Hockey
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