Google Ordered to Disclose YouTube User Data
A federal judge in New York has ordered Google to turn over to Viacom a database that links users to every video they've watched on YouTube by login name and IP address. In this NPR podcast, Jennifer Urban, director of the USC Intellectual Property and Technology Law Clinic, discusses the implications this ruling has for online privacy. Additional information at Law Librarian Blog. [JH]
YouTube Video Awards
The Second Annual YouTube Video Awards just took place, honoring 12 internet video creators and their body of work. Fellow users voted on twelve different categories; music, sports, comedy, instructional, short film, inspirational, commentary, creative, politics, series, eyewitness and "adorable."
Thanks to YouTube, Professors Are Finding New Audiences
Interesting article from the Chronicle: "Professors are the new YouTube stars: Video-sharing Web sites take scholars and their ideas out from behind ivy-covered walls and into the media mainstream." [RJ]
Experts Say Use of Video Clips on YouTube May Be OK
American University law Professors Pat Aufderheide and Peter Jaszi finds that many online videos creatively use copyrighted materials in ways that are eligible for fair use consideration under copyright law. Details on Law Librarian Blog. [JH]
YouTube Video Identification
"YouTube Video Identification will help copyright holders identify their works on YouTube. We have worked with Google to develop one-of-a-kind technology that can recognize videos based on a variety of factors. As its Beta status indicates, our Video Identification is brand-new, cutting-edge stuff, so we will be constantly refining and improving it. Early tests with content companies have shown very promising results. As we scale and refine our system, YouTube Video Identification will be available to all kinds of copyright holders all over the world, whether they want their content to appear on YouTube or not.
No matter how accurate the tools get, it is important to remember that no technology can tell legal from infringing material without the cooperation of the content owners themselves. This means that copyright holders who want to use and help us refine our Video ID system will be providing the necessary information to help us recognize their work. We aim to make that process as convenient as possible."
A Brief History of YouTube
This is a part of a study on YouTube conducted by an anthropology class at Kansas State University. For a full script of this video, along with references and notes, please go to http://mediatedcultures.net/ksudigg/?p=108 [JH]