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Submitted by Settler 275d ago | news

HBO Asks Google to Take Down “Infringing” VLC Media Player

TorrentFreak- It’s no secret that copyright holders are trying to take down as much pirated content as they can, but their targeting of open source software is something new. In an attempt to remove pirated copies of Game of Thrones from the Internet, HBO sent a DMCA takedown to Google, listing a copy of the popular media player VLC as a copyright infringement. An honest mistake, perhaps, but a worrying one. (Google, HBO, Industry, Services, Software, VLC, Web)

Settler  +   275d ago
Ding! The article is a bit sensationalized.
Racer-X  +   275d ago
Yet you submitted it.
kingPoS  +   275d ago
Already have a preferred version. VLC is incredibly useful for playing those extra stubborn files.
Lord_Sloth  +   274d ago
It doesn't work on my PS3 so it's useless to me.
hazelamy  +   275d ago
that's the trouble with these bots they send out searching for copyrighted material.

they flag loads of perfectly legal content, not just stuff that contains copyrighted material used in a legal way, which you can understand the bot flagging.
but also stuff that isn't copyrighted, or isn't owned by that company.

and nobody vets the list before they send the C&D letters out.

anybody remember when viacom ordered the Last Of Us trailer taken down from Naughty Dog's own youtube channel, because the trailer featured on the VGAs shown on a tv channel viacom owns.
and youtube actually took it down.

and these companies wanted to be able to deny people internet access for alleged piracy, without any right to appeal or them needing to prove a person was actually guilty of what they accused them of.

they should remove links to any company that send outs incorrect or false copyright claims, maybe then they'll actually check before they try to shut people down.
or deny them net access for a day for every incorrect claim.
and make that retroactive, so it counts every claim they've ever made.
which probably means most of the major music, film, and tv companies would be offline for about, oh, six hundred years.
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Dasteru  +   274d ago
That has always been a major issue with Youtube, they are completely paranoid when it comes to take down orders and never actually verify the legitimacy of any of them. I could go on Youtube right now and claim ownership of 100 random videos, all home videos that involve nothing but people recording themselfs doing dumb crap and Youtube would immediately remove every one of them and probably ban a crap load of users for "multiple violations" without every verifying anything.
Soldierone  +   274d ago
I've gotten to the point of just avoiding key words from major companies.

I tested it. Had a total random video and put "NFL" in the description, within hours "Your video has been removed by request of the NFL" lol

I was running a channel for a game website and was always uploading trailers sent to us by PR themselves with permission to upload them. Game Trailers / Game of the Year Awards rolled around and half our channel was blocked thanks to Viacom. I emailed Google/Youtube with my permissions to upload the trailers, and they were still blocked until popularity died down, or Viacoms channel got all the views.
kingPoS  +   274d ago
That's why I rip them them in HQ form YT before there gone... then play them in vlc. ^_^

1080p mp4 looks really nice on my ps3.
ChrisW  +   274d ago
Personally, I wasn't impressed with VLC, anyway...

But, that's might be because I so used to using KMPlayer.
ASBO-5  +   274d ago
then you're using it wrong.

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